Founder & Executive Director, Overlook Investments Limited, Hong Kong
Mr. Lawrence is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Overlook Investments Group, which he established in 1991. Overlook is an independent fund management company that invests US$ 7 billion in a concentrated portfolio of public equities throughout Asia, excluding Japan. Overlook has compounded investors’ capital in excess of 14% per year for 30 years. Richard grew up outside New York City and graduated from South Kent School in 1974, and Brown University in 1978 with a degree in Economics. From 1978 to 1981 Richard lived in South America and was a financial analyst for the Organización Diego Cisneros, a conglomerate based in Caracas, Venezuela. From 1981 to 1984, Richard lived in New York and was Vice President responsible for equity research at J. Bush & Company, Inc., a NYSE member firm. In 1984 he traveled to Asia and worked as Vice President at First Pacific before founding Overlook in 1991. In 1986, he became the second Chartered Financial Analyst in Asia. Richard is a director and co-founder of several non-profits including Proyecto Mirador Foundation, which has built over 230,000 fuel-efficient stoves in rural communities across Central America; Cool Effect, an online platform that supports high-quality carbon reduction projects worldwide; High Tide Foundation, a grant making foundation focused on climate change mitigation; and Carbon Mapper, which develops satellite technology to pinpoint and track point source emissions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The National Audubon Society. Richard’s first published book, The Model: 37 Years Investing in Asian Equities, is due for release in 2021. Richard currently lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and two adult children.