Finance & Venture Capital

Raja Hamzah Abidin

One of the young venture capitalists helping starts-up and companies across the region scale up, Raja Hamzah Abidin’s company RHL Ventures is named after him and his co-founders


Raja Hamzah Abidin is a managing partner and one of the co-founders behind the South-East Asian private-investment firm RHL Ventures that supports the development of promising start-ups and fast-growing businesses in the region by providing funding, and equipping them with expertise and network support.

The son of former federal territories and urban wellbeing minister Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abdin, Abidin graduated with a first-class honours degree in accounting and finance. His vast experience as an investor includes being the principal investment analyst with Guoco Management Company, a multi-billion-dollar fund based in Hong Kong, where he focused on listed equities, IPO and pre-IPO investment opportunities across Asia and the US.

Abidin also served as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in Singapore, which had in excess of US$1 trillion in assets under its management. Here he recommended investment opportunities, from private equities to hedge funds, and South-East Asian sovereign funds including Temasek and Khazanah Nasional.

Abidin frequently mentors entrepreneurs and young companies through the US-based NGO Endeavor’s Scale-up Program. He is also an executive committee member of the Malaysian Manufacturers Association and a member of the board of advisers for peer-to-peer financing company Alami.

Passionate about sports, he is also the treasurer of the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation and an ambassador for FA Selangor’s Local Giants programme, which encourages smaller business to help sponsor the soccer club.

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Abidin met one of his RHL Ventures co-founders Rachel Lau for the first time at a summer camp in Melbourne, Australia, and several times subsequently before they came together with their mutual friend Lionel Leong to establish their firm. RHL is an acronym for Rachel, Hamzah and Lionel. 

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