Lu Li

  • Columbia College, B.A., 1996
  • Columbia, J.D., 1996
  • Columbia, M.B.A., 1996

Lu Li is the founder and Chairman of Himalaya Capital, a multi-billion-dollar investment firm that primarily focuses on long-term investment opportunities in Asia and the U.S. He founded the firm in late 1997 and has been running its principal fund ever since.

Lu Li was born and raised in China. Lu Li attended Columbia University where he received three degrees simultaneously: B.A., J.D., and M.B.A. from Columbia College, Law School, and Business School.

Lu Li currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University and a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In January 2020, Lu Li co-founded the Guardians of the Angeles Charitable Foundation to combat the global COVID-19 crisis and now serves as its board Chair.

Lu Li is a member of the Committee of 100, the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. He is featured in the Smithsonian Institute's Family of Voices, part of the ongoing Many Voices, One Nation exhibition at the National Museum of American History. He is the author of Moving the Mountain: My Life in China (1990 in English) and Civilization, Modernization, Value Investing---and China (2020 in Chinese). Lu Li was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.

Lu Li is the co-founder and board Chair of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). A nonprofit organization, TAAF is a convener, incubator, and funder committed to serving the 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in their pursuit of belonging and prosperity, free from discrimination, slander and violence.