Chairman and Managing Director, RGL Holdings, Ltd
Founder & Chairman, Bonham Strand
Jong Lee has spent over 20 years building, reinventing and advising businesses as a founder, executive, strategist, investor and attorney in the United States, Asia and Europe. Prior portfolio companies include Nexon, Starbucks (China), MTV Japan, Good Morning Securities (Korea) and SMIC (China).
His current areas of focus include a portfolio of early stage technology companies, social enterprises, education initiatives and business turnarounds in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. Jong’s strategic advisory clients are primarily multinational corporations and governments. Jong recently led RGL’s founding of Caswell, a first of its kind 200 acre campus in Los Angeles for innovation, creation and resolution and the recapitalization, restructuring and turnaround of Hanson Robotics. Jong led RGL’s founding of Bonham Strand, an award winning bespoke apparel social enterprise reaching out to disenfranchised master tailors, displaced garment workers and youth fighting drug addiction, Hong Kong Commons, a leading co-work and incubator platform and Lots of Buttons, the world’s largest online button and crafts retailer that actively recruits and hires displaced merchandisers in Hong Kong. Other portfolio company focus areas include cybersecurity, O2O consumables, big data and robotics.
Jong’s enterprise and multinational experience in the US and across Asia ranges from many leveraged buyout transactions for leading private equity firms including KKR and Blackstone, strategic advisory for and joint ventures with Fortune 500 companies and turnarounds and restructurings for both private and publicly listed businesses. As an attorney and as a commercial client, Jong has been involved in a range of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation matters in the United States, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.
Jong earned his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an honors graduate of the Parker School of International Law and founding Editor in Chief of the Columbia Law School Journal of Asian Law. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Bioengineering and Political Science. Jong was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996 and still actively maintains his license primarily to provide pro bono legal assistance on select matters. Jong is co-curator of TEDxHongKong and TEDxHongKongEducation, teaches business reinvention at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, regularly lectures at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University and the City University of Hong Kong and served on the Intellectual Property Trading Working Committee for the Hong Kong Government.
Jong is frequently invited to speak around the world on geopolitical macro-economics, social entrepreneurship, innovation and the impact of big data, AI and robotics in the marketplace. Recent engagements include the Nobel Laureates Symposium, the Pictet Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Wharton Business Radio, the Russian Economic Forum, DLD (Munich), Pioneers Festival (Vienna), Europas (London), the Wall Street Journal, the Greater China Intellectual Property Symposium, the American Chamber of Commerce (HK) and the Hong Kong Department of Justice. Jong also speaks at private events organized or hosted by leading MNCs.