OpenAI CEO Sam Altman receives Indonesia’s first golden visa

OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman

5th September 2023 – (Jakarta) Sam Altman, the chief executive of OpenAI and co-founder of the renowned ChatGPT bot, has been granted Indonesia’s first golden visa, according to officials. This move by Southeast Asia’s largest economy aims to attract affluent foreign investors.

In a statement released late Monday, Silmy Karim, the director-general of immigration, announced that Altman had been awarded a 10-year visa due to his potential contributions to the advancement of artificial intelligence in Indonesia.

Karim explained that once golden visa holders arrive in Indonesia, they no longer need to apply for temporary stay permits at immigration offices. The country is extending a warm welcome to these individuals in recognition of the resources they bring to Indonesia.

Altman, an American technology entrepreneur, was also granted a special visa due to his international reputation as the head of an artificial intelligence research and development company, stated the official.

With the golden visa, Altman, who is 38 years old, will enjoy the privilege of bypassing immigration queues at Indonesian airports, facilitating his entry and exit from the country, as detailed in the statement.

Indonesia has introduced golden visas to attract investors, offering a five-year stay to those who invest US$2.5 million and a ten-year stay for those who invest double that amount.

Officials have expressed their intention to foster an artificial intelligence ecosystem and community in Indonesia, capitalising on the industry’s global growth.

Altman previously visited Indonesia in June to deliver a speech on artificial intelligence. It remains unclear whether he applied for the visa through an official application or if it was unilaterally granted by authorities in Jakarta.