- Firm: GGV Capital
- Education: MBA, Northwestern University; ME and B.Sc., Cornell University
- Position on the Forbes Tech Midas List: 94
Jenny Lee grew up in Singapore, traveled to the U.S. for a world-class education, then returned to Singapore in 1995 as part of a pact she’d made with her native country: The state sponsored her education on the condition that she return and work at a state-owned company.
Thus, her career began with her working on the technology of fighter jets at Singapore Technologies Aerospace. While on the job, she took the many opportunities to talk shop with “the guys,” delving into the technologies and trends of the moment with pilots and engineers.
After a second round of education in the U.S., Lee took a new job, this time working in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong. She later transitioned to doing venture capital at JAFCO Asia, and she now holds a powerful position, leading many of GGV’s most successful investments across the Asian and North American continents.
Lee is known as a fighter, a workaholic, and a gadget fiend; and she’s always got her eyes open to opportunities in the market and in new business models.
Recommended: An in-depth interview [PDF]; an article she wrote about tech “going to China”.