From the Americas to Asia, from private equity to corporate venture, Leaders League have identified seven powerful leaders in the fund industry who are making waves in their respective fields all over the world.
Jorge Paulo Lemann
Founding Partner & Board Member, 3G CAPITAL
- Graduated from Harvard University
- Represented Brazil and Switzerland in Tennis’ Davis Cup
- Founded Fundação Estudar, an organization that provides scholarships to poor students
In 1971 Lemann founded his first investment bank, Banco Garantia. It managed to thrive despite a market crash that occurred only a few weeks after opening. He and his bank have been described by Forbes as “a Brazilian version of Goldman Sachs.” In 1998, the bank was sold to Credit Suisse for $675 million. In 2004, Mr. Lemann co-founded the investment firm 3G Capital. In 2010, 3G purchased Burger King for $4 billion, acquiring all its stocks. In 2013, it purchased Heinz for $28 billion. Apart from Fundação Estudar, Mr. Lemann has another project in the field of education, Fundação Lemann, which aims to improve public education in Brazil.
CEO, SOFTBANK INVESTMENT ADVISORS
- A former debt trading veteran
- Formerly Softbank’s Head of Strategic Finance
- Sloan School of Management graduate
Misra is the second major executive of Indian origin to join Japanese telecommunications firm Softbank, serving as its director and CEO of the primary investment advisor to the Softbank Vision Fund, the world’s biggest private equity fund with $93 billion in committed capital. The giant technology fund is aimed at addressing the challenges and risks facing the industry today.
Before becoming a prominent figure in the area, Rajeev Misra was part of a small group of derivatives specialists who left Merrill Lynch in the mid-1990s to create Deutsche Bank’s powerful global markets division. Most recently, he was managing director at Fortress Investment Group, becoming head, of European investments and is recognized as the biggest name in the world of technology investment.
Reinhard J. Ambros
President, NOVARTIS VENTURE FUND
- Trained pharmacist with a PhD in medicinal chemistry
- Led IPO launch in 2016 for Aeglea Biotherapeutics raising $50 million
Dr. Reinhard J. Ambros, Global Head of Novartis Venture Funds, leads the Swiss and American based fund which has currently $2.5bn invested in 50 portfolio companies. Dr. Ambros previously served as Managing Director for the Novartis Bio-Venture Fund and has also worked with Novartis Corporate Finance where he was the Head of Group Strategic Planning, responsible for post-merger integrations and was global head for BD&L cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at Novartis Pharma. His strategy is to develop a diverse portfolio. At present, 20% is invested in medical devices, diagnostic and digital health opportunities in 13 companies in Europe, Switzerland and the UK, as well as 30 companies in the USA.
Managing Director, MICROSOFT VENTURES
- Holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
- Served as Global Head and Senior Vice President at Qualcomm Ventures
Nagraj Kashyap was hired in January 2016 as head of Microsoft’s new strategic investment fund, Microsoft Ventures. While the company has invested in startups and young companies to enhance their existing technology in recent years, it wanted to consolidate all previous investment programs into just one. As Kashyap used to head Qualcomm Ventures, a VC initiative from chip manufacturer Qualcomm, which sells mobile processors to international cell phone makers, he has a lot of experience in dealing with venture capitalists from the mobile market. According to him, the move to the cloud is the industry’s main priority and therefore Microsoft Ventures’ goal is to identify those companies which can help facilitate this transition.
Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL
After short stints as a management consultant and in commercial law, Anders entered the PE/VC sector and has since worked for several firms. His passion for food and agriculture stretches back to his childhood in rural South Australia. He has brought this passion to his career by taking on the role of Managing Partner at Europe’s largest Agtech fund, Anterra Capital, which raised $125m for its last fund.
Partner, FOUNDERS FUND
A Stanford graduate, Thiel was an early investor in Facebook and is the co-founder of PayPal, as well as the largest stakeholder in the data-mining company that he co-founded and chairs, Palantir. He also set up the Thiel Fellowship to sponsor students to pursue other works, including research and entrepreneurship, by providing $100,000 and other resources over two years.
David H. Liu
Co-Head, KKR ASIA PRIVATE EQUITY, CEO, KKR GREATER CHINA
A Columbia University graduate, Liu has a diverse investment track record in Greater China. He is responsible for numerous KKR portfolio companies such as Qingdao Haier, Far East Horizon and United Envirotech. Prior to joining KKR in 2006, Liu served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, where he also led several investments in retail and insurance.
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