Facebook Co-Founder Backs Singapore Online Health Insurance Startup

  • B Capital, co-founded by Saverin, EDBI lead $25 million round
  • Saverin joins board of CXA, a health insurance brokerage

Facebook Inc. co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group has led a new financing round for a Singapore-based online health insurance service that values the startup at $100 million.

Singaporean government investment vehicle EDBI jointly led the $25 million round in CXA Group alongside Saverin’s outfit, the startup said in a statement Wednesday. New investors Royal Philips NV and RGAx, a unit of Reinsurance Group of America Inc., and existing backers NSI Ventures and BioVeda Capital also joined the round.

CXA is among a growing crop of startups trying to build an online marketplace for health services, from insurance to data management. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Rosaline Koo, the daughter of an illegal Chinese immigrant who made his way from Mexico to San Francisco by sea, CXA now has annual revenue of S$10 million ($7 million) and counts 45 Fortune 500 companies among its 500 corporate clients, she said.

Saverin will join the board of CXA, which plans to expand to 10 countries across Asia in addition to its current markets of Singapore and Hong Kong.

Koo, 55, moved to Singapore before starting CXA in 2013 with S$5 million in savings, after a stint overseeing a 14 country-operation for Mercer Marsh Benefits. She grew up in a Los Angeles ghetto during the Watts riots of the 1960s. Like her father, her mother moved to the U.S. from China, leaving two daughters behind when the Communist Party seized her property.

A number of venture capital firms and private equity firms had expressed their interest in funding CXA but B Capital and EDBI were picked for this round because of their focus on health and wellness, Koo said.

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