HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang shows new mobile phone motherboard at the World Economic Forum on January 23, 2008
|Born||14 September 1958|
|Citizenship||Republic of China|
|Employer||HTC, VIA Technologies|
|Known for||Contributions to HTC and VIA; creating a fairly early model of smart phones in 1997|
|Home town||Taipei, Taiwan|
|Net worth||US$8.8 billion|
|Partner(s)||Chen Wen-Chi, Chimu Lin|
|Awards||Forbes World's Billionaires list, 2010, 2011, 2012; Forbes World's Most Powerful Women list, 2012|
Cher Wang (traditional Chinese: 王雪紅; simplified Chinese: 王雪红; pinyin: Wáng Xuěhóng; 14 September 1958) is a Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist born in Taipei, Taiwan. As co-founder and chairperson (since 2007) of HTC Corporation—which manufactured one out of every six smartphones sold in the United States—and integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies, she has been called the pride of Taiwan and is considered one of the most powerful and successful women in technology. Wang's father was Wang Yung-ching, founder of the plastics and petrochemicals conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group and one of the wealthiest individuals in Taiwan before his death in 2008.
She joined First International Computer (FIC) in 1982. Wang and others founded VIA in 1987 and HTC in 1997. In May 2011, Forbes ranked her with husband Wen Chi Chen as the wealthiest person in Taiwan, with a net worth of US$8.8 billion. In August 2012, Wang was named #56 on Forbes' list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
In 2011 Wang donated US$28.1 million to help found Guizhou Forerunner College, a charitable college in southwest China set up by VIA Technologies' non-profit Faith-Hope-Love Foundation. The not-for-profit college aims to provide three years of free or low-cost education to students from low-income families. Wang has stated that if the college proves successful she may well set up additional similar institutions in other parts of the country.
Wang has also made significant donations to the University of California, Berkeley, including funding to support and enhance the prestigious American Physical Society's Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, given to researchers who make considerable contributions to the field of condensed-matter physics.
Wang and Chen also provide funding to support a collaborative program between the psychology departments at UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The Berkeley-Tsinghua Program for the Advanced Study in Psychology aims to create and support collaborative, psychological research between faculty and students from both universities.
Wang is an avid philanthropist who says she prefers to stay out of the limelight despite her many accomplishments. She has begun to insert herself in Taiwan politics, however, by supporting Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in his bid for re-election and by voicing her support for the 1992 Consensus. Her husband is Wen Chi Chen, the CEO of VIA Technologies. Wang is Christian. She has two children.
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