Richmond Mayo-Smith III

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Richmond Mayo-Smith is a private investor who focuses on sustainable investments and emerging markets.  He has worked in Asia for the past 35 years, living for 10 years in Hong Kong, 20 years in Vietnam, and five years in Singapore.  Over the past 35 years, he has been an entrepreneur in real estate, private equity, and fund management.

He is the co-founder of Indochina Capital and its real estate division, Indochina Land, which is one of Vietnam’s premier real estate development firms with a portfolio of operating assets and projects under development valued in excess of US$2 billion.  In 2008, Indochina Capital raised US $470 million on the London Main Board. Mr. Mayo-Smith served as CEO of the Indochina Capital Vietnam Holdings Ltd  from 2008 to 2010. Prior to starting with Indochina Capital, he served as an advisor to Citicorp Capital and Morgan Stanley, with responsibility for sourcing investments in the Indochina region.  From 1981 to 1991, he was an entrepreneur in the hospitality business, based in Hong Kong but operating throughout Asia.

Mayo-Smith was the founding chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chih Minh City from 1994-1995, where he was active in the normalization of relations between Vietnam and the United States. He served on the board of trustees of Hampshire College and is a member of the Board of Overseers for NYU Stern School of Business.  

He has an M.B.A. from New York University, a B.A. in Urban Planning and Environmental Design from Hampshire College, and he completed an project finance and appraisal executive program at Harvard University.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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