A young venture capitalist who is re-defining traditional investing with RHL Ventures and nurturing the development of regional start-ups, in her adolescence Rachel Lau was also a national gymnast


Rachel Lau is one of the co-founders and a managing partner at RHL Ventures, a South-East Asian private-investment firm that supports the development of start-ups and businesses in the region with strong growth opportunities through funding, expertise and network support.

Lau grew up in the world of investment thanks to her late father Lau Boon Ann, who built his fortune in real estate and investing in companies like Top Glove, and had trained her in the art and science of investing since she was a little girl. All that education now serves Lau well when she is identifying businesses that have strong economic potential and mispriced assets, or when she is playing the stock market herself.

Her incredible know-how in pure investment was further reinforced by her experience in managing US$$4 billion of global long-only and absolute-return equity strategies as vice-president of investment-management firm Heitman in Hong Kong and Australia. She also served as an investment analyst with Netherlands-based asset manager NN Investment Partners, which manages USD$225 billion.

Outside of RHL, Lau serves on the board of directors for New York Stock Exchange-listed GNC Holdings, and is the first female president of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation. She also sits on the Program Committee of EMpower, a global non-profit organisation that supports at-risk youths in developing countries. Lau has a degree with distinction in commerce and holds a Master’s in Law.

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Lau was a former national rhythmic gymnast and trained under coach Dr Svetlana Mekantsishvili. She retired at 15 after her last competition, the Asian School Games in 2002. 

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