Bob Xu (徐小平)
|Bob Xu (徐小平)|
Taixing, Jiangsu Province, China
|🎓 Alma mater||Central Conservatory of Music|
University of Saskatchewan
Educator, author, angel investor
Bob Xu (Chinese: 徐小平) is the Founder of ZhenFund. Xu is also considered to be a pioneering figure in China's angel investment field. Due to his importance in this field, he has received the following distinctions from The Founder Magazine: "2010 Most Respected Angel Investor," "2011 Angel Investor of the Year," "2012 Best Angel Fund in China," "2013 Best Angel investor in China," and "2013 Zhongguancun Angel Investor Trailblazer." Prior to founding ZhenFund, Xu and ZhenFund Co-Founder Victor Wang were Co-Founders of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private education in China.
In addition to awards for his angel investing, he has also received awards for his previous work. In 2006, China Southern People's Weekly voted Xu to be one of China's "50 Most Charismatic People" and in 2004, Forbes Magazine listed Xu as one of China's "Top 100 Celebrities." 
Xu was born in 1956 in Taixing, Jiangsu Province and attended Jinjiang Primary School. In 1983, he graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, then worked at Peking University from 1983 to 1987. There, he was a teacher in their art department, a Minister of the Culture Youth League, and the Artistic Director of the art ensemble. From 1987-1995, he continued his studies in the US and Canada, earning a Master of Music from the University of Saskatchewan.
Xu is a prolific author in China, with many of his books focusing on education. His works include Zhichang Xin Wuzhong (Chinese: 职场新物种, New Species in the Workplace), Meiguo Qianzheng Zhexue (Chinese: 美国签证哲学, The Philosophy of American Visas), Meiguo Liuxue Tianwen (Chinese: 美国留学天问, Questions Regarding Studying in the United States), Tuqiong Dui Hualu—Wode Xindongfang Rensheng Zixun (Chinese: 图穷对话录—我的新东方人生咨询, Tuqiong Dui Hualu— What I Have Learned from New Oriental), Huangjin shi Zenyang Lianchengde— Dui Yige Chenggongzhe de Shangxin yu Feiyi (Chinese: 黄金是怎样炼成的—对一个成功者的赏析与非议, How Gold is Refined— Praise and Criticism of a Successful Man), Qilu Zhaoma (Chinese: 骑驴找马, Looking for a Horse while Riding a Donkey), and Youjian Li de Dengguang (Chinese: 邮箱里的灯光, The Light in the Postal Box) (a book for Chinese individuals studying or working overseas) etc.
References in popular culture
Mr. Xu was the basis for one of the lead characters in American Dreams in China, an award winning Chinese blockbuster chronicling the founding of New Oriental.
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