One of the earliest backers of Chinese internet firms, most famously Tencent and JD.com, Hillhouse Capital is a US$20 billion fund today. Founded in 2005 by Zhang Lei, a Yale School of Management graduate (the initial US$20 million used to start Hillhouse came from the Yale Endowment), the long-term fundamental equity investor is focused on China and Asia, particularly the consumer, TMT, industrials and healthcare sectors. It manages capital for institutional clients, e.g., university endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, and invests across all equity stages.
Outside of China, Hillhouse Capital has also invested in Grab, AirBnb and Traveloka.
Zhang is a trustee of Yale University, the chair of the Yale Asia Development Council and a member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council.
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