Benson TamChairman & Founding Partner at Venturous Group
Benson Tam is a first-round investor in Alibaba and is still all-in after 20 years.
As a private equity pioneer in Asia for over 28 years, he co-founded Fidelity Asia Ventures, which invested in Alibaba since its first round, added and held on to the stake for 20 years, co-led the first Nasdaq Chinese IPO and invented the VIE structure. He was an early and serial investor into other “Super-Unicorns” as well, such as AsiaInfo and WuXi AppTec, repeatedly transforming one company into many companies and multiple IPOs.
Benson founded Venturous in 2013. From being his private single-family office, it has evolved into Venturous Group, a deep tech conglomerate with strategic stakes in key tech unicorns and partnership businesses with them. Its mission is to make cities smart. Venturous Group is anchored by Benson and other tech families.
Benson is a “3-in-1” civil engineer, software engineer and financial engineer. Meanwhile, he has been based in Beijing for the past 18 years, deeply embedding himself inside the Chinese internet ecosystem. This combination allows him to form enduring partnerships with Chinese tech CEOs.
He co-founded Hellman & Friedman Private Equity Asia, and currently sits on the Boards of listed companies MoMo and Yeahka. Benson is a UK Chartered Accountant with a MSc in Computing from University of Oxford and a “double first” BSc in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London.