About Me

Thanks for visiting my page. Below is my public short and too long public bio. Feel free to cut and paste as useful. Cheers, jeff

–Short Bio–

Jeff is a private equity investor, Peking University professor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. His writing and speaking are on digital China and digital competition.

Nicknamed China’s “celebrity professor”, Jeff is the #1 followed professor in China on LinkedIn (+2.9M followers). He was the #1 LinkedIn Top Voice for Finance globally (2017) and #3 for China overall (2018). He is also one of Alibaba’s 15 “Global Influencers” (2017, 2018).

Jeff is a frequent speaker at companies, board meetings, conferences and universities around the world. He has been seen on CGTN, CBS News, ABC and other programs. Topics for writing / speaking include:

  • China’s digital giants – including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Toutiao, Meituan and others.
  • E-commerce / new retail – including Alibaba, JD, Pinduoduo, Xiaohongshu and others. And how this impacts consumer products and retail in China – including Starbucks, Walmart, Gome, Suning, McDonalds, Luckin and Yum!.
  • Mobililty / smart cities / autonomous vehicles – Mobike, Ofo, Didi, BYD and others. And how this impacts traditional industry.
  • Healthcare – including PingAn, Fosun, and Cigna.
  • Financial services – including Ant Financial and others.

His investment / advisory work is in healthcare, primarily in the US and China / Asia. Jeff was previously Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed by Time magazine the “Arabian Warren Buffett”.

His latest books are the One Hour China Book and the One Hour China Consumer Book. Both were (are) Amazon best-sellers.

Jeff lives in Beijing and Las Vegas. He is a huge fan of Starbucks and Marvel. And as an ex-Burger King employee, he says can make a 100 hamburgers in an hour.

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Work

Jeff is an investor and advisor with 20 years of experience across the US, China and the Middle East. He has developed projects in real estate, hotels, banks / financial services, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, retail, technology, petrochemicals, and energy / infrastructure.

He is currently Managing Partner of Towson Capital, a niche investment and advisory firm focused on digital health in the US and Asia. (www.towsongroup.com). Previously, Jeff was Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed the “Prince of deals” and the “Arabian Warren Buffett”

  • Prince Alwaleed is arguably the world’s first private global investor and his distinctions include: the world’s 4th richest person (2004, Forbes), the largest foreign investor in the USA, the largest shareholder of the world’s largest bank (Citigroup, 2007), the world’s second largest media owner and the leading Middle Eastern business person (Arabian Business).
  • From Riyadh, Kingdom Holding Company develops and manages investments in over +130 countries – including 5% of Citigroup, +300 hotels (Movenpick, Fairmont, The Plaza, George V, the Savoy), Bank of China, EuroDisney, Canary Wharf, News Corp, Saks Fifth Avenue, TimeWarner, the Four Seasons Hotels (through leveraged buy-out with Bill Gates), multiple Africa projects (private equity funds), and over 80M square meters of land developments in Saudi Arabia (approximately the size of Manhattan).
  • Between 2000 and 2009, Jeff was one of the core investment / advisory staff at Prince Alwaleed’s Riyadh headquarters (Kingdom Holding Company).

Prior, Jeff was CEO of Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. And prior to that, a management consultant (Senior Associate) at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York City where he focused on financial services and healthcare. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and the American Medical Association Foundation.

Teaching and Research

Jeff is a Professor of Investment at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing where he teaches private equity, valuation, digital strategy and China strategy. He is a past Fellow in Finance at the Cambridge University Judge School of Business and has taught at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. His writing and speaking are on digital China and digital competition.

Nicknamed China’s “celebrity professor”, Jeff is the #1 followed professor in China on LinkedIn (+2.9M followers). He was the #1 LinkedIn Top Voice for Finance globally (2017) and #3 for China overall (2018). He is also one of Alibaba’s 15 “Global Influencers” (2017, 2018).

Jeff is a frequent speaker at companies, board meetings, conferences and universities around the world. He has been seen on CGTN, CBS News, ABC and other programs.

Books

Jeff’s first book What Would Ben Graham Do Now: A New Value Investing Playbook for a Global Age (FT Press, 2011) focused on investment strategies for the increasing collision of the West and the emerging markets. It was a best-seller on Amazon (#1 in Business & Investing), USA TODAY Money (#3) and Inc. Magazine (#2).

His second book The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories (2014) is a “speed read” on China’s economic trends. It was co-authored by Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey & Company and has been on the Amazon China bestseller list for over four years.

His third book The One Hour China Consumer Book: Five Short Stories That Explain the Brutal Fight for One Billion Consumers (2015) is follow-up speed read on Chinese consumers. It was co-authored with Jonathan Woetzel and was an Amazon bestseller.

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Jeff received an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, a BA in Physics from Pomona College and a Fulbright Scholarship in Biophysics from the Karolinska Institute for Biomedical Science in Stockholm, Sweden.

He speaks Mandarin and Spanish and lives in Beijing and Las Vegas.

(Jeff Towson, Jeffery Towson)

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