Global Group Focus
When it comes to investments, Johnny Hon is the man to know. The founder of the Global Group has a knack for turning his passions into investments, and vice versa. He is a wine connoisseur, art collector, media mogul, racehorse owner, doctor of psychiatry, tech evangelist, philanthropist and diplomat. He is also an internationalist, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard, and worked in the UK, Middle East and Eastern Europe, as well as in Hong Kong.
All of these facets come together in his professional life as a venture capitalist and angel investor, to which he has dedicated the past 20 years, during which time he has provided corporate financial advice and boutique investment-banking services to an array of international companies and institutions. Through the Global Group, he marshals resources and funding to support innovative enterprises at every stage of development, from startups right through to IPOs, drawing on his extensive network of international celebrities and business contacts to help raise funds.
While he started out helping international businesses gain a foothold in Mainland China, today he also is at least equally involved in helping Chinese businesses go in the other direction. And the scope of the Global Group’s interests marks Hon out as a modern-day Renaissance Man.
In the world of showbusiness, the Global Group provides financing to movies, television programmes, plays, musicals and innovative technologies that will change the way content is consumed in the future.
The son of a movie star, Hon has produced films with directors such as Oliver Stone and Derek Yee Tung-sing. He has also launched successful runs of musicals such as Sunset Boulevard and 42nd Street both on Broadway and in London’s Theatreland and his next goal is to take this type of show to Mainland China— as well as bringing Mainland China’s own spectacular stage shows to the rest of the world.
Making money in the entertainment industry is not for the faint of heart. But with a bit of discipline and the right contacts, says Hon, it is possible to earn consistent returns.