Executive Vice President of Legend Holdings, Chairman and CEO of Hony Capital
Mr. John Zhao is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China. Mr. Zhao also serves as Executive Vice President of Hony Capital’s parent company Legend Holdings, as well as board member of Lenovo, Zoomlion, Jin Jiang Hotels, etc. Mr. Zhao is also member of the national Thousand Talents Program, Vice Chairman of Asset Management Association of China (AMAC) and Chairman of the private equity & buyout fund committee under AMAC; board member of the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), governor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, and governing board member of China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Mr. Zhao joined Legend Holdings and founded Hony Capital in 2003. Under his leadership, Hony Capital currently manages over USD 10 billion of assets and has invested in around 100 companies domestically and abroad, including CSPC Pharmaceutical, Zoomlion, China International Marine Containers (CIMC), Suning, Shanghai Chengtou Holding, Jin Jiang International Hotels, ENN, PizzaExpress (UK), STX(U.S.) and WeWork(U.S.),ofo,and COFCO Capital.
Mr. Zhao holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, dual Master’s degrees in Electronic Engineering and Physics from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Nanjing University.