From the Gobi to Private Equity

Published on
July 22nd, 2019
10 minutes

From the Gobi to Private Equity

How I Got My Start in Finance ·
Featuring Weijian Shan

Published on: July 22nd, 2019 • Duration: 10 minutes

Weijian Shan, former professor at Wharton and the manager of a private equity fund in China, discusses his upbringing in Chairman Mao’s China in the 1960's and 1970's. Shan shares stories about teaching himself math and English by candlelight, and working in a labor camp in the Gobi Desert. He also shares his unique perspective on bullshit. This clip is excerpted from a video published on Real Vision on January 18, 2019 entitled "Survival of the Fittest Investor."



  • TK
    Tyler K.
    24 July 2019 @ 18:22
    There are a lot of snowflakes in today's generation that could use a bit of a reality check by gaining perspective from watching this video
  • SS
    Steven S.
    23 July 2019 @ 23:58
    Incredible story and will to succeed. Many Americans could learn a great deal from his persistence, self-sufficiency, drive, and placing such a value on education.
  • CH
    Colin H.
    23 July 2019 @ 21:24
    This man is a hero
  • GF
    Gordon F.
    22 July 2019 @ 21:06
    Wow. Talk about the OPPOSITE of a sense of entitlement! Grateful for the people who sponsored him and offered him opportunities, but he certainly did his part to prepare for those opportunities, even when there was ZERO promise on his horizon that his efforts might pay off. My hat's off to you sir!