On major international new networks around the world, the news of the death of Singapore founder, Lee Kwan Yew is rife.

Many hail the man who is responsible for turning Singapore around from "a small port city to one of the wealthiest nations in the world", as the BBC put it.

So who exactly was Lee Kwan Yew and why is he touted as such a beacon of light for his country? Here are 7things you should know about the late visionary leader.