John Zhao
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Hony Capital



A veteran investor with $10 billion under management, Zhao is now a regular on the Davos and RISE conference circuits. His positions as head of Hony Capital and among the leaders of Legend Group and computer manufacturer Lenovo give him powerful insight into China’s changing economy. As it swings from manufacturing for export toward a consumption-led mix driven by tech and leisure, Zhao is putting money into the businesses serving the country’s hundreds of millions of increasingly leisured middle classes. He loves big data and believes China’s vast scale gives it an advantage over others in data science, biotech and movies. Film and TV player Linmon Pictures, Korean VFX player Dexter and Hollywood’s STX Entertainment are just some of his portfolio investments.


  • Hony Capital
  • Lenovo Group
  • Legend Holdings


  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL, USA)
  • Nanjing University (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Marvel's 'The Eternals' Taps 'The Rider' Director Chloe Zhao

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After earning critical acclaim for her Sundance darling "The Rider," director Chloe Zhao looks ready to step up to the big leagues as the up and coming director has been set to direct "The Eternals" for Marvel.Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.Created by Jack Kirby, the story of "The Eternals" is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating...


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