Lei Zhang is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hillhouse Capital Management Group, Ltd. Hillhouse manages over fourteen billion U.S. dollars for leading endowments, foundations, sovereign funds, and family offices. Hillhouse takes a long-term fundamental research approach and invests in both public and private opportunities across a variety of sectors.
Zhang earned an MBA and M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China, where he is the Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Board. In addition, he serves on the University Council at Yale University and is the Chairman of Yale Asia Development Council. Mr. Zhang is a Trustee of the Yale-NUS College, a newly formed liberal arts institute of higher education that is a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. Prior to founding Hillhouse in 2005, Mr. Zhang worked with the Yale Endowment and an emerging market fund covering South Africa and Southeast Asia.
Zhang served on the board of several of Asia’s leading companies, including JD.com, China’s largest Internet retailer; Qunar, China’s largest online travel vertical; Blue Moon, a leading Chinese household personal care company; and MNC Global Mediacom, Indonesia’s largest media/ TV/ Pay TV conglomerate.
Zhang is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is also a Governing Board Member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a non-profit organization established with the purpose of further improving communications and enhancing understanding between the peoples of China and the United States.
Zhang devotes substantial time to education issues. He is a board member of BN Vocational School, China’s largest non‐profit organization dedicated to the education of underprivileged children, and a founding board member of the United World College (UWC) of Southeast Asia Foundation. In addition, he established the Gaoli Academy at Renmin University with the purpose of expanding the role of liberal arts education in Chinese universities.
Zhang was previously a member of the 21st Century Council.