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Jerry Yang — co-founder of Yahoo!


Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in 1995. He served on the board of directors and as a key member of the executive management team until 2012. While at Yahoo, he led a number of initiatives, including two of the biggest investments in the internet: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group.

Yang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. Widely recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the Internet technology sector, he was named one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review in 1999.

Yang is on Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, where he is a vice-chair. Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, are well-known philanthropists who focus on higher education, conservation and the arts.