Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. Stephen Krashen cites him as a case study of language acquisition. Lee was a native English speaker, but as a politician of a multilingual society was compelled to learn Mandarin, which he documented in his book Keeping my Mandarin Alive. Lee followed somewhat traditional methodology, which Krashen suggests was inefficient at providing comprehensible input.
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- http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/case_histories_krashen.pdf - note that Krashen incorrectly refers to Lee as the "President of Singapore"; Singapore has such a position but it was never held by Lee, who as Prime Minister was Head of Government but not Head of State.