Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang


Jerry Yang, who is the Taiwanese-American Internet entrepreneur, engineer, and programmer, founder and former CEO of Yahoo born on 6 November 1968, In Taipei, Taiwan.

Family Background:

Jerry’s mother Lily was Professor of English and Drama, and his father died when he was two years old. Yang had one younger brother Ken.

Personal Life:

He married to Akiko Yamazaki, met her at Stanford University. Akiko has a degree in Industrial engineering.


Jerry entered into the Sierramont Middle School and later entered into Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, where he received his early education and later he completed his graduation from Stanford University and simultaneously and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1990.


While he studying, he met David Filo at Stanford University. with him, Jerry shared an office. At that time, the Internet had just been introduced, and these both young men existed for new technology and spent hours surfing on the net. later they realized that it was difficult to navigate on the web because it was a collection of Uncategorized data. To come out with that problem they were designed a software that organized pages by subjects and had launched on their website called “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web”. Within a month this site attracts thousands of people who had been looking for a way to locate their favorite web pages. After sometimes they decided to change the name of a site and looking for little simpler and fun, and make it “YAHOO”. In 1995, They had been offered financial backing to start their company. When they Realize the worth and importance of their creation, they had been dropped their studies six months away from finishing their doctoral theses and instead incorporated Yahoo! Inc in March 1995. In 1996, The company went on the public. Jerry Yang served as Chief Yahoo from March 1995 to January 2012 and later its CEO of Yahoo from 2007 to 2009. From 2000 to 2012, Jerry also served as an Independent Director of ‘Cisco Systems’. In 2007, Jerry established “Yahoo Human Right Fund”. Since November 2013 Jerry has been Independent Director of “Workday, Inc”. He also served as Independent Director of “Alibaba Group Holding Limited”.

Unknown Facts:

  • His full name is Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang.
  • As a Chief of Yahoo and currently as CEO, He accepts only a $1 annual salary from the company.
  • Forbes estimated Yang’s net worth at $3.2 billion.

Master Stroke:

  • Jerry Yang’s most significant work is that of co-founding Yahoo! Inc, which started off a web portal with a web dictionary and that evolved into a website that provides an extensive range of products and services for online activities.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1999, He was named one of the top 100 innovators in the world.
  • He is listed in the “25 most influential men on the web”.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Jerry Yang, Always be happy and make others happy. Never hurt anyone.

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