GardenStar Group Founding Members

Eugene Xu


Eugene Xu is a legendary investment manager with over two dozen years of experience on Wall Street.

Prior to co-founding GardenStar Group, Eugene Xu was a Co-founding Partner and Chief Risk Officer for hedge fund LibreMax Capital. Before LibreMax, Mr. Xu served as Managing Director in Deutsche Bank Securities as Head of Global Structure Product Trading Strategy and previously as Head of Global Real Estate Related Structure Product Research. Prior to that, Mr. Xu worked in Credit Suisse ABS Research Group, Chase Securities (now JP Morgan Securities), Mortgage Research, and Smith Barney (now Citigroup Securities) Mortgage Research Group.

Mr. Xu played a significant role in betting against the subprime mortgage bond market during the 2008 global financial crisis. His story was featured in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Big Short, which was adapted to the 2015 Oscar winning movie of the same title.

Eden Cai


Eden Cai is a seasoned real estate and technology executive, having worked for over 15 years in investment and technology development. She has been responsible for over $5 billion worth of real estate transactions throughout the United States and Asia.

Born and raised in a real estate family, Ms. Cai came to the U.S. at the age of 19. After working for Capital One and US Bank, she returned to Asia in 2010 and became a founding member of a JP Morgan joint venture. In 2015, Ms. Cai joined SMI Group and helped establish its New York office. She played a key role in developing U.S. real estate investment strategy with management responsibilities including acquisition, negotiation, due diligence, financing, marketing, and sales. In 2020, Ms. Cai co-founded GardenStar Group, a real estate investment and technology company aiming at revolutionizing the real estate investment process and products.

Ms. Cai received her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Harvard University. She is an avid marathon runner and enjoys playing cards with her two children.

John Ling


John Ling is an expert in international economic development and government relations. John has lived and worked in the southeastern region of the United States for over two decades. Previously, he worked as Managing Director of Investment for the Georgia State Department of Economic Development and the South Carolina State Department of Commerce. He also advised large national real estate developers at top management levels, including Greystar.

Mr. Ling has brought over $2 billion international investment projects to the US. He has received numerous interviews by LA Times, Washington Post, BBC Worldwide and Wall Street Journal. More recently, CNBC had given a personal TV interview highlighting Mr. Ling’s work with different international investment projects in the southeast USA. He also serves as chairman of ASR Worldwide, a global quality certification company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Ling and his family currently reside in Greenville, SC.