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Richard Zhang



Richard Zhang is a partner in the Internet/Consumer team and the Head of Greater China, leading Apax operations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. He joined Apax in 2008. Richard's significant Apax deal experience includes: Huayue Education, SoYoung International Inc., Guotai Junan Securities, SouFun, Tommy China and Huarong.

Prior to joining Apax, Richard was a director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Company. He had over 15 years of management consulting experience in the US and China. Being the most senior Chinese Partner, Richard played a leading role in building McKinsey's China practice into pre-eminence.

Richard is a well-known figure in the Chinese management scene. He has been actively introducing advanced international management practices to China. 

Richard has a Masters in Finance from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS and a BA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Richard formerly served on the board of Tommy Hilfiger. 

Richard serves on non-profit boards including the advisory board of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and the Future Forum in China.

Living our values

“My entire career has been spent in helping leading global organizations expand and succeed in China, as the country itself has gradually integrated into and risen in influence in the rest of the world. I was born during the Cultural Revolution, raised poor, but thrived in US colleges even with only $7/week budget (although thankfully given full tuition scholarships). I am an amazingly lucky beneficiary of the times and global citizenship.  All of the Apax values resonate strongly with me but, if I have to pick one, I would choose ‘we succeed as one global team’".

Contact information

+852 2200 5813

Richard's Story

Richard joined Apax as a Partner after a 15-year stint at McKinsey & Company, where he rose from a Business Analyst to a Senior Partner and played a significant role in building McKinsey’s practice into pre-eminence in the Greater China market as a pioneering entrepreneur and then as the most senior Partner of mainland Chinese background. This experience provides Richard with unique insights into the ever evolving dynamics and volatility of the many relevant sectors in China as well as the minds of the leading Chinese entrepreneurs and CEOs whom Apax seeks to back and support with real value add. He was attracted to Apax by its global cohesiveness, true partnership in the best sense of the word, and ability to transform its investee companies from good to great.