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Jerry Yang                                                                                   
Born November 6, 1968                                                                       
Taipei, Taiwan                                                                               
Occupation Co-founder, CEO and Chief Yahoo!, Yahoo! Inc.                                     
Jerry Yang (born November 6, 1968) is an entrepreneur, co-founder with David Filo           
and CEO of Yahoo! Inc. one of the two Chief Yahoo!s and board director of the               
company. As of 2007 his net worth is estimated to be US$2.2 billion and is                   
ranked 432nd among the world's richest people according to Forbes.                           
Born in Taipei, Taiwan on November 6, 1968, Yang moved to San Jose, California               
at the age of ten, with his mother and brother. His father died when Yang was               
two. He claimed that despite his mother being an English teacher, he only knew               
one English word (shoe) on his arrival. Mastering the English language in only               
three years, he was soon placed into an AP English class.                                   
Yang graduated from Sierramont Middle School, and Piedmont Hills High School,               
then went on to receive his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from             
Stanford University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.                     
While he studied in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, he co-created             
in April 1994 with David Filo an Internet website consisting of a directory of               
other websites called "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web". It was renamed                 
Yahoo, meaning "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth", as coined in Gulliver's Travels.           
Yahoo became very popular, Yang and Filo realized the business potential and co-founded     
Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. They took a leave of absence and postponed their                 
doctoral programs indefinitely.                                                             
Yahoo! started off as a web portal with a web directory to providing an                     
extensive range of products and services for online activities, it is now one of             
the leading internet brands and has the most trafficked network on the internet.             
Jerry Yang considers himself a Chinese American. Yang is married to Akiko                   
Yamazaki, who was raised in Costa Rica. She graduated from Stanford University               
with a degree in industrial engineering. The couple met at the Stanford in Kyoto             
overseas program in 1992.                                                                   
Yang is currently on the Board of Directors of Alibaba, the Asian Pacific Fund,             
Cisco and Yahoo! Japan, and is also on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.           
In February 2007, Jerry Yang and his wife pledged USD $75 million to Stanford               
University, their alma mater, the bulk of which would be dedicated to the                   
building of a new environmental building on campus.