SINGAPORE (Feb 10): Baidu Inc. is often referred to as China's Google with a market value of more than US$60 billion ($85.3 billion). But in 2000, it was an upstart struggling to get any attention from investors—except from a guy named Finian Tan.Tan, then head of Asia at DFJ Eplanet Ventures, began investing in the search engine, betting that 1.3 billion Chinese would eventually embrace the internet. When it went public five years later, Tan's firm emerged as the bigger beneficiary with a stake larger than the 22% held by Baidu co-founder, and now billionaire, Robin Li. He's making a similar bet on San Diego-based regenerative medicine company Samumed LLC, which is valued at US$12 billion.

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