Jerry Yang

In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, The Cardinal will recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.


Gray Boul, Staff Writer

Jerry Yang, born as Jerry Chih Yuan Yang on November 6, 1968, is a Taiwanese-American computer programmer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and co-founder of Yahoo! Inc. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10 and didn’t know how to speak English then. He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor and masters degree in electrical engineering. He created a website, now known as Yahoo!, during his years at Stanford with David Filo. Yang was named one of the top 100 innovators in the world in 1999 at the MIT Technology Review TR100. His business career and contribution to the internet media industry proves his talent as a business magnate. He’s also a member of the board of the Asian Pacific Fund, Alibaba, Cisco and Yahoo! Japan. Jerry Yang is also a philanthropist; he donated 75 million to Stanford in which they utilized by building the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy building. Yang is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a net worth of 2.4 billion.