Dr. Finian Tan is Chairman of Vickers Financial Group, an international private equity and merchant banking house. Prior to this, Dr Tan was Managing Director and head of the Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) group of banks in Singapore.
Prior to joining CSFB in 2002, Dr. Tan was Partner and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Eplanet, in charge of their Asia Pacific Operations. Whilst there, he spearheaded the investment into Baidu in the year 2000, which at that time, was a small startup, with no revenues and with just one customer for its search engine. Dr Tan invested US$7.5 million for 25% of the company and had 2 board seats out of 7. Baidu was listed on the NASDAQ in August 2005 and its market capitalization shot to US$4 billion on the firSave and Publishst day of trading. Today, the investment would be worth almost US$12 billion (as of July 2011), if still kept, a return of over 1500 times.