Li Huanwu

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Li Huanwu
Li Huanwu.jpg
Born22 July 1986
EducationBachelor of Science (Finance & Management), Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science & Mathematics)
Alma materSingapore American School, Raffles Institution, University of Pennsylvania
OccupationBusiness Developer
Parent(s)Lee Hsien Yang (father), Lim Suet Fern (mother)

The second son of Lee Hsien Yang, Li Huanwu is a business developer at the AI firm Afiniti.[1] After claiming a stellar academic record, Li Huanwu started out as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Following that, he held similar positions at L Capital and Värde Partners.[2] Li Huanwu is the older brother to Li Shaowu and younger brother to Li Shengwu. He is the nephew of Lee Wei Ling and a grandchild of the late Lee Kuan Yew.



Li Huanwu (second from right) pictured with his late grandfather, Lee Kuan Yew. Photo from Asia One.

Li Huanwu went to the Singapore American School (SAS) at the start of his education. In a 2007 interview with The New York Times, then-prime minister Lee Kuan Yew shared that his grandson (Li) was dyslexic.[3] Li Huanwu was then enrolled into SAS who then had teachers trained in helping dyslexic students.[4] Subsequently, Li entered Raffles Junior College (now Raffles Institution) for his post-secondary education.

After graduating from RJC, Li Huanwu was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania. During his time there, he was a part of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. He also belonged to the societies Eta Kappa Nu and Beta Gamma Sigma.[5] In 2010, Li Huanwu received the Naren Udayagiri Scholarship Award from the University of Pennsylvania.[6][7]

Li Huanwu graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with two degrees - a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science. He received the Class of 1975 Management Award (from The Wharton School) for his outstanding results.[8]


Fresh out of university, Li Huanwu worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banker from July 2011 to July 2012. He then moved on to L Capital, working as a Senior Analyst from September 2012 to November 2014. In January 2015, he joined Värde Partners as an Investment Analyst before leaving the company in June 2016.[9] As of January 2020, Li is employed at Afiniti International Holdings Ltd. as a Vice President of Business Development in Southeast Asia.[10]

Personal life

Li Huanwu (left) is married to Heng Yirui (right). Photo credit to Leslie Kee. Retrieved from Out in Singapore.

Li Huanwu and Heng Yirui have been together since 2013.[11] The pair caught the public eye in 2018 with the release of the ‘Out In Singapore’ project. It was also revealed that Huanwu was 4 years older than Yirui.[12] Huanwu and Yirui’s studio portrait was exhibited at The Projector’s Intermission Bar as part of the photography campaign by Leslie Kee.[13]


Li Huanwu and Heng Yirui got married in Cape Town, South Africa on 24 May 2019.[14] Before their wedding ceremony, the pair visited the Mana Pools National Park.[15] Their wedding was a small and private affair with only close friends and family in attendance.[16] The Singapore Airlines cabin crew also presented a cake and congratulatory note to the couple on their flight to South Africa.[17]

After tying the knot, the married couple released a statement to Pink Dot SG, who then published it on their social media platforms.[18]

Personal advocacy

Pink Dot SG

Li Huanwu is an avid supporter of the Pink Dot movement which encourages the integration of the LGBTQ community in Singapore.[19] He also believes in repealing 377A, a law which criminalises sex between consenting adult men in Singapore.[20][21]

In 2018, Li Huanwu attended Pink Dot with Heng Yirui and a group of friends.[22] The following year, he brought his parents along to the event.[23]

References / Citations

  1. Huanwu Li’s Email”. Rocket Reach. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  2. Huanwu Li”. Apollo. Last updated January 5, 2020. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  3. Excerpts from an interview with Lee Kuan Yew”. The New York Times. August 29, 2007. Accessed 6 January 2020.
  4. SAS COMMUNICATIONS. “Lee Kuan Yew Speech at SAS's 50th Anniversary in 2006”. YouTube. March 23, 2015. Accessed 6 January 2020.
  5. Li, Huanwu. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed 6 January 2020.
  6. Student Awards”. Penn Engineering, Research and Academic Services. Accessed 6 January 2020.
  7. Commencement Program 2010, University of Pennsylvania”. University of Pennsylvania. May 17, 2010. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  8. "Commencement Program 2011, University of Pennsylvania". U Penn. Accessed on 14 February 2020.
  9. Li, Huanwu. “Experience”. LinkedIn. Accessed 6 January 2020.
  10. Li Huanwu. “About”. Facebook.  Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  11. hengyirui. Instagram. April 1, 2019. Accessed on 7 January 2020. Retrieved from:
  12. Huanwu Li & Yirui Heng”. Out In Singapore. July 1, 2018. Accessed on 7 January 2020.
  13. Oogachaga. “Li Huanwu & Heng Yirui”. July 16, 2018. Accessed on 7 January 2020.
  14. hengyirui. Instagram. May 24, 2019. Accessed on 7 January 2020. Retrieved from:
  15. Li Huanwu. “Safari before our big day”. Facebook. May 24, 2019. Accessed 8 January 2020.
  16. Sim, Dewey. “Li Huanwu, grandson of Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew, marries boyfriend Heng Yirui – and Chinese social media users cheer them on”. South China Morning Post. May 25, 2019. Accessed on 7 January 2020.
  17. Li Huanwu. “Thanks Singapore Airlines for making our flight just a little bit more special”. Facebook. May 17, 2019. Accessed 8 January 2020.
  18. Pink Dot SG. “Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, also second son of Lee Hsien Yang, Li Huanwu, has married his partner Heng Yirui in South Africa”. Facebook. May 25, 2019. Accessed 8 January 2020.
  19. Pink Dot 2019: Lee Hsien Yang's son Li Huanwu and other fabulous faces at Singapore's pride event”. Buro. June 30, 2019. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  20. Li Huanwu. “Our hopes. Our dreams”. Facebook. September 9, 2018. Accessed on 7 January 2020.
  21. Penal Code, 377A Outrages on decency”. Singapore Statutes Online. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  22. Pink Dot. “Gerald IG @Geekywhale”. Facebook. July 22, 2018. Accessed on 8 January 2020.
  23. Xu, Terry. “Lee Hsien Yang turns up at Pink Dot with family while Lee Hsien Loong is missing despite open invitation”. The Online Citizen. June 30, 2019. Accessed on 8 January 2020.