Celeb dad Daniel Ong: Single-dad dating is like buy 1, get 1 free!

Learn how serial entrepreneur Daniel Ong finds time in his punishing schedule to bond with his daughter…and date.


Former Mediacorp Radio DJ, Daniel Ong may be best known for launching cupcake chain, Twelve Cupcakes, with ex-wife Jaime Teo, 40, but he actually wears many hats.

Indeed, the 42-year-old single dad has owned numerous businesses, ranging from car polishing, and beads and accessories, to home refurbishment.

He says, “Business has always been in my blood. I have actually been doing business since a very young age — a curry puff business at 10 years old, tuition at age 14 [and] numerous businesses as well while I was in showbiz. I’ve always had a keen interest.”

Following his divorce from Teo, with whom he shares daughter, Renee, 7, Twelve Cupcakes was sold last year to an Indian tea company for $2.5 million. Incidentally, his baked goods success spurred him to venture into motivational speaking.


Daniel, who posts entrepreneurship videos on his YouTube channel DanielOngLive, enthuses, “It is my side project — more like a hobby. I hope to motivate, help and journey with aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve their success!”

Not one to rest on his laurels, his extensive CV includes being head honcho of casual dining restaurants, Rookery and Mischief, as well as of social media advertising agency Woohoo and renovation materials company Danwerkz.

“My daughter is my priority. I plan my meetings and jobs around time spent with her.”

He also co-founded a new local craft beer label, Brewlander, with FLY Entertainment artiste and fellow single dad, Allan Wu! Though Daniel’s professional and personal life seems to be on an upward trajectory, he is tight-lipped about his relationship with makeup artist Linda Lee.

SmartParents finds out how the affable serial entrepreneur effortlessly juggles work, co-parenting duties and dating…

So, what’s your secret to juggling your roles as a dad and being boss of so many different ventures and?
My daughter is my priority. I plan my meetings and jobs around time spent with her. The secret to juggling numerous different interests and businesses is time management. I’m also kinda workaholic, which is also why I cherish my holidays so dearly.