Bao Fan, one of China’s top investment bankers has went missing, according to his company.
China Renaissance, an investment bank and private equity firm based in Beijing, has said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday that it “has been unable to contact” Bao Fan, its chairman and CEO.
“The board is not aware of any information that indicates that Mr. Bao’s unavailability is or might be related to the business and/or operations of the group,” the firm said in the filing.
Bao Fan is a prominent businessman and investor from China, who is best known as the Chairman and CEO of China Renaissance, a leading investment bank and financial services company based in Beijing. He founded the company in 2004, with a focus on providing financial advisory and asset management services to the emerging technology and consumer sectors in China.
Who is Bao Fan?
Bao Fan was born in Shanghai in 1970, and went on to study at Peking University in Beijing, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After completing his studies, Bao Fan began his career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York, where he worked for several years before returning to China in 2000. He subsequently worked for Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in China, before founding China Renaissance in 2004.
Under Bao Fan’s leadership, China Renaissance has grown into one of the most successful and respected financial services companies in China. The company has played a key role in the growth of the country’s emerging technology and consumer sectors, and has advised many of China’s leading technology companies on their initial public offerings (IPOs).
Bao Fan is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in China’s financial industry, and has been recognized with numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the sector. In 2018, he was named as one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” business leaders in China, and in 2019, he was named as one of Time’s “100 Next” global leaders.
In addition to his work at China Renaissance, Bao Fan is also an active philanthropist and supporter of social causes in China. He has established several charitable foundations, including the China Renaissance Foundation, which supports education, healthcare, and environmental conservation initiatives in China.