John Zhao
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Hony Capital



John Zhao is the founder, chairman and CEO of Hony Capital, one of China’s leading private equity investment firms. He also serves as executive vice president of Legend Holdings, Hony’s sponsor company and the parent company of the Hong Kong-listed Lenovo Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computer.

Hony, which manages over $10 billion of assets and has invested in more than 100 companies locally and abroad, is a backer of Shanghai Media Group and is also one of the major financiers of Robert Simonds’ and Gigi Pritzker’s STX Entertainment production venture. Prior to the founding of Hony Capital in 2003, Zhao took up a number of senior management roles in companies in the US. He also serves the boards of Zoomlion, Chengtou Holdings, Jin Jiang International Hotels and other portfolio companies of Hony.

In 2015, Legend Capital invested $10 million in South Korean visual effects company Dexter Studios. In 2016, Hony Capital became a new financier for boutique Chinese TV producer Linmon Pictures. Zhao was a physics graduate from Nanjing University and has an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University and a double master’s degrees in electric engineering and physics from the Northern Illinois University.


  • Shanghai Media Group Pictures
  • Lenovo Group


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

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