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London, UK

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Johnny’s Biography

Dr Johnny Hon is a successful Hong Kong businessman and Founder of The Global Group. He is a tech entrepreneur and a pre-eminent figure in the UK horse racing world, disrupting the sport to help it innovate and thrive.

Dr Hon has an uncanny ability to identify, nurture, and enable winners. Using sports analytics to take a calculated risk on an outsider has propelled his success at the Global Group Racing operation, which he has built up at Albert House Stables in Newmarket. This same talent, combined with Johnny's innovative and unconventional approach to business, is at the root of his success as a venture capitalist and founder of the Global Group.

Johnny has a vision for maintaining and enhancing the prestige, competitiveness and sustainability of British racing through his own input and by introducing international owners. With new ideas and a more diverse ownership, he believes that British racing can maintain its global lead with a new generation of fans and owners. Success lies in embracing disruptive innovation – and Johnny believes that with his global business perspective...
Dr Johnny Hon is a successful Hong Kong businessman and Founder of The Global Group. He is a tech entrepreneur and a pre-eminent figure in the UK horse racing world, disrupting the sport to help it innovate and thrive.

Dr Hon has an uncanny ability to identify, nurture, and enable winners. Using sports analytics to take a calculated risk on an outsider has propelled his success at the Global Group Racing operation, which he has built up at Albert House Stables in Newmarket. This same talent, combined with Johnny's innovative and unconventional approach to business, is at the root of his success as a venture capitalist and founder of the Global Group.

Johnny has a vision for maintaining and enhancing the prestige, competitiveness and sustainability of British racing through his own input and by introducing international owners. With new ideas and a more diverse ownership, he believes that British racing can maintain its global lead with a new generation of fans and owners. Success lies in embracing disruptive innovation – and Johnny believes that with his global business perspective and credibility in the sport, he can be a catalyst for change.

In recent years, Johnny has focused his investment and business development on the technologies of blockchain, AI and augmented intelligence. The tech sector is an apex for the convergence of globalisation and economic competition.

Johnny is an entrepreneur in philanthropy who has used his success in business as a route to giving back. He has served in senior management and advisory positions for 10 major charities and has funded scholarships, set up numerous foundations and donated to myriad charitable projects. Increasingly, Dr Hon seeks to do more in helping local causes and communities in his adopted second home of East Anglia as an employer, an investor and a philanthropist.
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Johnny’s Newsfeed

Horse Trading: Ins and Outs of Racehorse Investing

Owner of Albert House Stables in Newmarket, Dr Johnny Hon, believes racehorse investing can be rewarding, depending on expectations.

China Daily
Hong Kong can’t afford to be shortsighted with I&T development

Founder of Global Group, Johnny Hon, explains the concept of “deep tech” in a wide-ranging interview on the future of I&T.

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Johnny’s Background

The Global Group
Hong Kong, HK
Johnny has built The Global Group into an international corporation with offices in the UK, Hong Kong and China and holds a variety of senior roles in the subsidiary companies. His ventures span diverse areas with a portfolio of companies that range across banking, biotechnology, leisure and entertainment, fintech, financial services, mining, media, property development and sport.
Global Group International Holdings Ltd.
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Hong Kong, HK
The Global Group International Holdings Ltd. is a venture capital and angel funding business operating as an incubator and accelerator whilst also providing tailored corporate financial services. In recent years, investment and business development have focused on the technologies of blockchain and AI.
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Johnny’s Gallery

Board Positions

48 Group Club
Vice President
Dr Hon strives to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment between China and the UK. The 48 Group Club has been fostering trade between the UK and China for over 70 years. International tensions rise and fall, but trade increases understanding, and Johnny lives by the club’s motto "Equality and Mutual Benefit".

Other Business Interests

Consulate of Grenada in Hong Kong
Honorary Consul
Hong Kong, HK
Johnny is the Honorary Consul for Grenada in Hong Kong as well as the country’s Ambassador-at-Large.
Dr Johnny Hon | International Businessman and Convener
Various
Dr Hon holds official roles with three other governments in addition to Grenada as he continues his life’s work to foster international cooperation and progress through trade, sport and philanthropy.

Previous Board Positions

Rise Art
Non-Executive Director
2017 - 2018
London, UK
Rise Art was created with the goal of championing, showcasing and development of artwork by outstanding emerging and mid-career artists.
Infinity Creative Media
Director
2015 - 2017
Brentford, UK
Infinity Creative Media owns media content and is a principal shareholder in The Wine Show, The Talent Bank, TWS Creative and the TV drama series Ravenmaster.
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Previous Advisory Roles

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MX Oil Plc
Consultant
2016 - 2018
MX Oil Plc (now ADM Energy Plc) is an investment business with its focus on natural resources, minerals, metals, alongside oil and gas projects, particularly in Nigeria.
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Broad Homes Industrial International Co. Limited
Senior Consultant
2014 - 2018
Hong Kong, HK
Broad Homes Industrial International Co. Ltd offers technical services and consulting as the leading enterprise in the area of precast concrete manufacturing and construction.
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Philanthropy

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Racing Welfare
MacDonald Buchanan House
Dec 2021 - Present
Newmarket, UK
Supported by the charity Racing Welfare, MacDonald Buchanan House provides safe, affordable, supervised accommodation to young and often vulnerable racing staff, and acts as a bridge between racing schools and independent living. Dr Hon has pledged to support the project for three years, enabling the charity to employ a specially trained Housing Support Officer.
Dr Johnny Hon | Philanthropy
Various
Johnny has established and sponsored, actively contributed and donated to a wide variety of charitable interests in a number of different countries. In the UK, the Global Group donated £200,000 to create the Johnny Hon Oxford Scholarship Fund for talented students. In China, Global Group helps children with congenital heart disease and Down’s Syndrome.
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Media

The Finish Line with Johnny Hon
Featured
Apr 2019
Dr Hon is interviewed in The Owner Breeder magazine, the official publication of the Racehorse Owners Association and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.
Global Group Founder Johnny Hon dicusses his diverse businesses
Featured
Nov 2018
Hong Kong, HK
The Founder of the Global Group discusses his track record of turning diverse interests into successful investments.
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Publications

Lux Magazine
Contributing Editor
London, UK
LUX is a global luxury publication with media sharing stories about people and art, design, architecture, fashion, travel, property, philanthropy and luxury goods, applying an ethos of Responsible Luxury.
Dr Johnny Hon | Publications
Author
Cambridge, UK
Johnny has researched and written extensively about Dementia, Alzheimer's and the prevalence of these diseases in adults with Down's Syndrome.

Memberships

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI)
Associate
London, UK
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is an association for finance professionals around the world. The organisation ensures that all members comply with the codes of conduct and ethical guidelines while working in the securities and investment sectors.

Awards & Endorsements

Dr Johnny Hon | Awards
Various
Awards include the The Order of the Medal of Honour (Hong Kong) in 2015 to the latest Auxiliary Medical Service Commanding Officer’s Commendation in Hong Kong in 2021.
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Fire Safety Ambassador Honorary Presidents' Association
Chairperson Medal
2016
Hong Kong, HK
The Fire Safety Ambassador Honorary Presidents’ Association (FSAHPAs) relies on local personalities (named as Honorary Presidents) to provide advice on Fire Safety Ambassadors in their areas and mentor them as appropriate.
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Specialist Courses

MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The MIT Media Lab: Cryptocurrency Certificate
2021
Cambridge, MA, USA
MIT seeks to advance knowledge in science and technology through teaching, research, and innovation and, through this, to create a better world. In 2021 Johnny completed an online course on the topic of cryptocurrency.
NYU Stern School of Business
FinTech for Executives Program
2018
New York, NY, USA
New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business is one of America's premier management education schools and research centers.

Training & Management Courses

MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People
2021
Cambridge, MA, USA
Johnny was awarded an Executive Education Certificate in Applied Neuroscience at the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 2021.
Harvard Business School Executive Education
Owner / President Management Program (USA)
Cambridge, MA, USA
The Owner / President Management Course is aimed at individuals seeking to develop leadership skills and personal growth whilst working on their strategic vision and go-to-market options.
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Investments

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Dr Johnny Hon | Tech
Investor
Johnny focuses his investment and business development on blockchain and AI. As a venture capitalist, he always learning and studied financial technology and cryptocurrencies at MIT and NYU. He understands the transformative impact of these new technologies and invested in the sector with a close interest in how they are shaping financial transactions and the use of big data.

Johnny’s Education

SOAS University of London
M.A. Korean Studies
2004 - 2005
University of Cambridge
PhD, Psychiatry
1993 - 1998
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