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Ichizo Kobayashi
Head of Equity & Alternative Investments at Nippon Wealth Life Insurance Company


Ichizo is Head of Equity & Alternative Investments and Chief Portfolio Manager at Nippon Wealth Life (formerly MassMutual Japan) and is responsible for managing the firm’s private equity portfolio since 2013. He built the firm’s PE investment program and has led a number of buyout, growth and VC fund investments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Ichizo has more than 20 years of investment experience. Prior to joining Nippon Wealth in 2013, he was mainly in charge of foreign investments at Nippon Life Insurance and its overseas subsidiary.

Ichizo received a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences from Tokyo University.

Agenda Sessions

  • Beyond Japan: how are Japanese LPs constructing their international portfolios?