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Li Lu was born in China in 1966. He attended Nanjing University in China from 1985 to 1989 where he studied physics and economics. From 1990 to 1996, he attended Columbia University and earned three degrees simultaneously: a B.A. in Economics from Columbia College, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. In late 1997, he founded and remains as Chairman of Himalaya Capital, an investment firm which today is primarily focused on long-term investment opportunities in Asia and the U.S. Its principal fund, Himalaya Capital Investors, LP, has been in operation since January 1, 1998. Li Lu received the John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement from Columbia University in 2012 and was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2001. He also received the Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Award from the Congressional Human Rights Foundation and the Reebok Human Rights Award for his work of advocating for human rights. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Young Presidents Organization, Pacific Council for International Relations and Committee 100. He is a member of the 1998 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.