At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Beijing based CEO’ operating in the Venture Capital space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Partner & CEO of ZhenFund
Anna Fang is the CEO and Partner of ZhenFund, an early stage venture capital firm in China. Anna oversees the fund’s investments, portfolio management and operations. Anna’s investments include e-commerce, AI and education companies such as RED (XiaoHongShu), Mia, Club Factory, Perfect Diary, Yitu, Mobvoi, Horizon Robotics and VIPKID. Before joining ZhenFund, Anna worked at GE China in Corporate Business Development, responsible for GE’s M&A and BD efforts in China. Anna started her career as an investment banker at JPMorgan New York office covering consumer and retail companies. Anna was made Forbes’ “The Midas List 2019”, named “Top 10 Early-stage Investors of the Year 2018” by Zero2IPO Group, voted “2018 China’s 100 Best Investors” by entrepreneurs on 36Kr, and selected Forbes’ Midas Brink List in 2016. She was also named a Young Global Leader in 2016. Anna received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Economics and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She is currently an advisory board member of Columbia College and Columbia’s Global Centers; she also leads the Beijing chapter of Stanford GSB.
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About ZhenFund: ZhenFund invests in TMT, healthcare, and education among other sectors.
CEO & Founder of GWC
A serial entrepreneur from China, Wen is aware that the impact he alone can make is limited so he has dedicated his life to enabling others to improve the world through mobile innovation. To this end, he started GWC in 2008, a business with the mission to enable mobile innovation that positively impacts mankind by building connections and trust among mobile innovators. He also launched the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Tokyo, Jakarta, Sao Paulo and Taipei. GMIC draws tens of thousands of investors to build partnerships, learn from industry thought leaders and highlight how mobile innovation is positively changing the world. As he connects the mobile innovators of the world, he considers himself to be “a little postman of the world” but aspires to be like Christopher Columbus and bring about a “new mobile world” improved by innovation! Wen Chu currently lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three children. He enjoys traveling the world, reading the classics, practicing calligraphy, golfing and playing chess with friends.
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About GWC: Enabling Innovation that Improves the World
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sinovation Ventures
Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$1.7 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading technology investment firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Kai-Fu Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Kai-Fu Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Kai-Fu Lee is the author of seven top selling books in Chinese and launching new book AI Superpowers (www.aisuperpowers.com/) internationally in fall 2018, and has over 50 million followers on social media. In the field of artificial intelligence, Kai-Fu Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei, and Haier. While with Apple, Kai-Fu Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Kai-Fu Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years.
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About Sinovation Ventures: Sinovation Ventures is a full-service venture capital firm that actively invests in the Chinese technology market.
CEO/Managing Director of Black Kestral Group
I founded Black Kestral Group, a geography agnostic ECM Corporate Finance advisory & management consultancy firm focusing on alternative direct healthcare. Our previous clients include Valo Health, which reached 2.8B USD in Valuation in 1 year and 11 months from its Founding. My interests range from medicine and technology to childhood education. I am also interested in arts, reading, and baking. I invest selectively in both private and public healthcare companies.
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About Black Kestral Group, Black Kestral Group: Equity Capital Markets & Strategic Consulting Specializing in Alternative Healthcare, Financial Technology, and Secondaries.
CEO of Fengshion Capital
Charlie Gao is an industrialist investor and the founder and Managing Partner of Fengshion Capital. His career centres around supporting and empowering content-creating and technology-innovating businesses that offer elegant solutions to enterprises and enriching experiences to consumers. Prior to establishing Fengshion Capital, Charlie served as Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Senior Associate at Morgan Stanley, both focusing on direct equity investments in Asia. Charlie sits on the boards of Transport International (62.HK), Luoji Lab, Lianshang Net, Ideas Camp Education, UR Fresh, Oros Apparel, FSLB Auction, Yi Tunnel Technologies, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Teach for China, and a founding member of Pay it Forward Foundation, which is a patron to the China Oxford Scholarship Fund. Charlie graduated from the University of Cambridge with M.Eng. and B.A. in Electrical and Information Sciences, with first class honours.
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About Fengshion Capital: Fengshion Capital is an investment firm.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yao Capital
David Han has 14 years of investment experience. Before co-founding Yao Capital, David Han was the Chief Investment Officer of Wanda Group, responsible for several landmark deals in the sports industry, including the buy-out of Infront Sports & Media and strategic investment in LeSports. Previously, David Han was a Managing Director of the Carlyle Group, responsible for the landmark buy-out of Cloudary Corporation together with Tencent. David Han received his B.S degree from Tsinghua University and his MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. David Han currently also serves as the Vice Chairman of Tsinghua Entrepreneur & Executive Club (TEEC) Beijing Chapter, and a director of Committee 2005. Established in January 2016, Yao Capital（http://www.yaoweicapital.com）is an RMB 2 billion private equity firm co-founded by David Han, NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming and three other veteran investors. Yao Capital focuses on growth and buy-out stage investment opportunities in global sports industry with a China angle. With one of the best investment track records and reputation in the sports industry, Yao Capital is in a unique position to bridge world-wide sports resources with huge growth potential of China Sports market.
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About Yao Capital: Yao Capital is a private equity firm based in China.