Jerry Yang – Small Bio


Jerry Yang

Founder/Co-Founder Yahoo!
Born on 6 November 1968 AD
education Stanford University
Net worth $1.2 Billion
Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American internet entrepreneur, best known as the co-founder, and the former CEO of Yahoo! Inc. Born in Taiwan, his family moved to United States when he was 10 years and he learned to speak the English language in next years. After that he completed his graduation as well as post-graduation in electrical engineering and applied for his doctoral degree.

While studying in PhD he met David Filo, his office partner, and soon they both became hooked to the Internet which was newly introduced at the time. While surfing, they identified the complexity in locating the required websites over the internet and developed software to overcome this problem. Originally they created a website to provide for a way to organize the maze of internet addresses on the World Wide Web, which later transformed into a multi-billion corporation. Soon, the website got popularity encouraged them to establish Yahoo! Inc., which gradually became Web-based service.


  • In doctorate he met David Filo, with whom he shared an office at the Stanford University. At that time, the Internet had just been introduced and both the young men soon became tied to the new technology and often spent hours surfing on the net.
  • Gradually they realized that it was difficult to navigate on the web. To overcome this problem, they designed software that organized the web pages by subject, and launched their own website, called “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.”
  • Within months the site was attracting thousands of people who were looking for a way to locate their favorite web pages. Because the site was visited so often, they decided to change the site name to something a little simpler and fun & named it to “Yahoo”.
  • In 1995, the pair was offered financial backing to start their own company.
  • Realizing the worth and importance of their creation, they dropped their studies six months away from finishing their doctoral theses, and instead incorporated ‘Yahoo! Inc.’ in March 1995.
  • In 1996, the company went public; its stock was offered for sale to the public for the first time and  became instant millionaires. He served as the company’s Chief Yahoo from March 1995 to January 2012 and its C.E.O. from 2007 to 2009.
  • From 2000 to 2012, he also served as an Independent Director of Cisco Systems. In 2007, he established the Yahoo! Human Rights Fund, a fund to provide “humanitarian and legal support” to online dissidents.
  • Since November 2014, he has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Lenovo Group Limited. He also serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University.
  • He has also served as Director of various corporations.



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