I am a private equity investor, professor, and author. My academic research is on Chinese consumers and competition. My investments are in US-Asia healthcare and consumer product deals. I live in New York and Beijing.
For background, my standard long bio is below. My personal site is www.jefftowson.com.
Jeff is an investor and advisor with +15 years of experience across the US, China and the Middle East. He has developed over $25B of projects in real estate, hotels, banks / financial services, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, retail, technology, petrochemicals, and energy / infrastructure.
He is currently Managing Partner of Towson Capital, a niche investment and advisory firm focused on healthcare and US-Asia cross-border deals. (www.towsongroup.com).
Previously, Jeff was Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed the “Prince of deals” and the “Arabian Warren Buffett”
- Prince Alwaleed is arguably the world’s first private global investor and his distinctions include: the world’s 4th richest person (2004, Forbes), the largest foreign investor in the USA, the largest shareholder of the world’s largest bank (Citigroup, 2007), the world’s second largest media owner and the leading Middle Eastern business person (Arabian Business).
- From Riyadh, Kingdom Holding Company develops and manages investments in over +130 countries – including 5% of Citigroup, +300 hotels (Movenpick, Fairmont, The Plaza, George V, the Savoy), Bank of China, EuroDisney, Canary Wharf, News Corp, Saks Fifth Avenue, TimeWarner, the Four Seasons Hotels (through leveraged buy-out with Bill Gates), multiple Africa projects (private equity funds), and over 80M square meters of land developments in Saudi Arabia (approximately the size of Manhattan).
- Between 2000 and 2009, Jeff was one of five core investment staff at Prince Alwaleed’s Riyadh headquarters (Kingdom Holding Company).
Prior, Jeff was CEO of Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. And prior to that, a management consultant (Senior Associate) at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York City where he focused on financial services and healthcare. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and the American Medical Association Foundation.
Jeff is currently a Professor of Investment at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing where he teaches private equity in developing economies, investment strategy and special China topics. his expertise is in competition in developing economies and State capitalism.
He is a past Fellow in Finance at the Cambridge University Judge School of Business and teaches at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.
Speaking engagements have included McKinsey & Co. conferences, Financial Times conferences, Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School, London Business School, NYU Stern Business School, Fudan School of Management and many others. He is a regular commentator on China Radio International.
Jeff’s first book What Would Ben Graham Do Now: A New Value Investing Playbook for a Global Age (FT Press, 2011) focused on investment strategies in the increasing collision of the West and the emerging markets. It was a best-seller on Amazon (#1 in Business & Investing), USA TODAY Money (#3) and Inc. Magazine (#2).
His second book The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories (2014) is a “speed read” on China’s economic trends are related to company performance. It was co-authored by Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey & Company China and has been on the Amazon China bestseller list for 14 months.(www.onehourchina.com)
His third book The One Hour China Consumer Book: Five Short Stories That Explain the Brutal Fight for One Billion Consumers (2015) is follow-up speed read on Chinese consumers and their unique competitive dynamics. It was co-authored with Jonathan Woetzel and is an Amazon bestseller.
Jeff received an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, a BA in Physics from Pomona College and a Fulbright Scholarship in Biophysics from the Karolinska Institute for Biomedical Science in Stockholm, Sweden.
He speaks Mandarin and Spanish and lives in Beijing and New York. He is a committed caffeine addict.