Hanson Li

CEO, Lazy Susan


Hanson is the co-founder and CEO of Lazy Susan, a contemporary concept of Chinese American take-out and he is also the founder and managing partner of Salt Partners, a F&B holding company. Salt’s portfolio ranges from fine dining like Crenn Dining Group, national brands like Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, and award winning concepts like LocoL, Last Rites, Horsefeather, and B-Side. He co-founded his first concept, Halcyon, in 2002 – now with 4 locations in Texas.

Hanson is also an active investor and advisor to companies at the intersection of food and technology: PlateIQ (acquired by FTV Capital), Servy (acquired by Resy), Meitre, Entrée, Territory Foods, Vitabowl, and Pared. Beyond Salt, his food investments include Sanzo, Bacon Bacon, Sunday Group, and Apothekary.
Prior to founding Salt Partners, Hanson spent 10 years as Managing Director at The Hina Group, one of the largest merchant banks focusing on China. Hina has been recognized as the Best Boutique Merger & Acquisition Bank, Best Private Equity Firm, and Best Cross-border Investment Bank in China. He started his career at Capital One.

Hanson earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named Siebel Scholar in recognition as one of the top 5 graduates in his class and was also recognized as an Arjay Miller Scholar. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and MA in Sociology (Organizational Behavior). He currently serves as a director on the boards of Center for Asia American Media and Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Originally from Hong Kong, Hanson grew up in Hong Kong, Taiwan, New York, and Malaysia and now makes his home in San Francisco with his family.

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