I rebuilt myself into a big success, and I’m determined to use that success to help rebuild others too.
I'm backing ventures in artificial intelligence, robotics and genomics because I believe in the promise of technology to build a better world.
Tej Kohli is a technologist and investor who backs ventures in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology. He is also the owner of the Zibel Real Estate portfolio and the owner of a portfolio of e-commerce providers including dynacart. Tej Kohli is also engaged in rebuilding people and communities around the world through his not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation.
Tej Kohli’s career as an entrepreneur culminated in the sale of a series of companies that he founded and sold during the dot com boom of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Since this major liquidity event Tej Kohli has been an evangelist of the promise of technology to improve human life and has invested into new ventures all over the world. Tej Kohli also continues to invest in real estate and e-commerce opportunities.
Tej Kohli is best known for his mission to eliminate poverty-driven corneal blindness worldwide by 2035. Since 2005 his not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation has become a global centre of interdisciplinary innovation for the development of new solutions. Its ‘Rebuilding You’ philosophy reflects Tej Kohli’s desire to use science and technology to rebuild communities and improve lives.
Tej Kohli regularly shares his thoughts and wisdom on matters relevant to the Tej Kohli Foundation on his #TejTalks Medium blog. He also shares commercial and investment insights on his #TejTalks Ghost blog and writes a regular stock market investment column for The Motley Fool. He is an occasional contributor to CityAM and Project Syndicate and his book ‘Rebuilding You’ is available online. Tej Kohli is active on social media as @MrTejKohli.
Tej Kohli is a technologist and investor who is focused on investing his accumulated wealth into projects focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and esports through the Kohli Ventures investment vehicle and courtesy of a $100m investment into the Switzerland-based Rewired Venture Studio. Tej Kohli is also owner of the €350m Zibel Real Estate portfolio which is amongst one of the most actively acquisitive privately held real estate portfolios in Europe. Tej Kohli also trades daily in a substantial portfolio of equities and cryptocurrencies.
Tej Kohli is also a philanthropist who is best known for his mission to eliminate forms of blindness that arise due to poverty. His not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation pursues a ‘Rebuilding You’ philosophy to rebuild people and communities around the world by making direct grassroots interventions whilst simultaneously backing the development of novel scientific and technological solutions to major global health challenges.
Tej Kohli is best known for his worldwide mission to eliminate poverty-driven corneal blindness by 2035. His Tej Kohli Foundation is a leading backer of technological and scientific projects that seek to develop a ‘universal’ solution to corneal blindness that is accessible, affordable and scalable in the world’s poorest communities where 90% of people with blindness and severe visual impairment live. Between 2005 and 2019 his Tej Kohli Cornea Institute in India welcomed 223,404 outpatients and undertook 43,255 procedures to alleviate and cure corneal blindness in poor and underserved communities.
Tej Kohli founded a series of companies in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s from his base in Costa Rica. The companies specialised in online payment gateways, online payment fraud protection software and e-commerce. Collectively the Group of companies established a dominant position in the ‘high risk’ online segment.
From 2006 onwards Tej Kohli was the sole beneficiary of a series of liquidity events thanks to companies and subsidiaries such as Estacion Tramar, which were sold in a series of high value trade sales. The income stream arising from these sales necessitated the establishment of the Zibel Real Estate portfolio and later Kohli Ventures as vehicles to invest this new-found liquidity into brand new projects.
Tej Kohli’s interests have expanded into a conglomeration of commercial and investment interests which provide yield and income stream. Tej Kohli has substantial holdings in real estate, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, equities and cryptocurrency. Tej Kohli is also Europe’s biggest individual esports investor thanks to a €50m investment into the Rewired.GG Esports Venture Fund.
Tej Kohli is a private investor who engages exclusively in private business activity using his own capital through his Kohli Ventures investment vehicle. Kohli Ventures engages in impact investments that have the potential to substantially improve human life. Tej Kohli focuses on exponential growth opportunities that are derived from the chain reaction of rapid technological progression in the areas of AI, robotics, biotech and esports.
Tej Kohli is engaged exclusively in private business activities and does not real on any third-party investors or partners. Since 2006 Tej Kohli has declined to rely on banks or debt and instead uses only his own funds and capital to support his private business activities.
In 2010 Tej Kohli funded his first corneal transplant at Niramaya Hospital in India and was present when the recipient had his bandages removed and was able to see his wife and family for the first time in decades. Tej Kohli immediately decided that eliminating poverty-driven corneal blindness was his calling and in the years since his Tej Kohli Foundation has made tens of thousands of treatment interventions to alleviate and cure corneal blindness in the world’s poorest communities. The Tej Kohli Foundation is also a leading backer of technological and scientific projects to find an accessible, affordable and scalable cure.
The Food Support projects of the Tej Kohli Foundation are part of Tej Kohli’s mission to combat holiday hunger in the United Kingdom. Through a series of initiatives such as the YouCube project, Tej Kohli is seeking to empower and support local grassroots and voluntary movements in the UK by providing the sustainable funding and tactical support that they need to be able to eliminate holiday hunger from their local community.
Tej Kohli is one of the world’s most bullish investors in artificial intelligence and believes that the global AI economy could be worth $150 trillion in the next five years. Tej Kohli holds a global portfolio of privately held AI and robotics investments through his Kohli Ventures investment vehicle. He does not publish his portfolio of worldwide AI and robotics investments so that the focus remains on the pioneering founders of these ventures.
Between 2018 and 2019 Tej Kohli made Europe’s largest ever individual investment into esports as part of a €50m commitment to the Rewired.GG Esports Venture Fund where he is a passive investor. The privately held investment fund backs high-growth esports ventures and has invested €34m into a leading European esports team. As a passive investor Tej Kohli plays no active role in the Rewired.GG Esports Venture Fund or its investments.
Tej Kohli is a passionate collector of automotive prestige and performance cars. Pride of place in his garage is a Pagani Huayra, one of only 100 ever made. The six-litre twin-turbo charged 238 mph hyper car can do 0–60mph in 2.8 seconds. Kohli’s favourite car is his Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse roadster, one of only 150 every made and the fastest roadster in the world with a top speed of 258 mph.
Tej Kohli studied Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur where he graduated in 1980. In 2008 IIT conferred its Distinguished Alumnus Award upon Kohli for “serving society at large” thanks to his achievements developing solutions to major global health challenges through the Tej Kohli Foundation.
Tej and Wendy Kohli married in 2001 and have two children since. Wendy Kohli plays a prominent role in the Tej Kohli Foundation where she supports projects at the heart of communities that have been neglected, especially when interventions can help to combat a lack of education, poor health or prejudice.
Tej Kohli does not disclose his net worth as a matter of longstanding policy.