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Benjamin Kao

Benjamin Kao, President

Benjamin Kao has over 20 years of experience in structuring transactions across Asia and the U.S. in private equity and real estate. Since 2011, he has been a Partner at Mandalay Capital, a private investment firm. Notable transactions at Mandalay Capital include the creation and growth of Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, an U.S. institutional real estate investment manager that was acquired in 2016 by Bridge Investment Group, a private equity firm. In Australia, Mandalay Capital built and successfully exited Foundation Early Learning, a national operator of premium early childhood learning centers. In Korea, Mandalay Capital invested in Indulge, a leading importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages; the company was subsequently acquired by a publicly-listed affiliate of LG Corporation in 2017.


Previously, Mr. Kao was Co-Founder and Managing Director at MacauLand Developments, a Hong Kong-based real estate developer, where he executed real estate developments and investments across Asia in partnership with institutional investors. Mr. Kao began his career in New York at Elliott Associates, a hedge fund, and Goldman Sachs in its High Yield & Emerging Markets Fixed Income Research Department.