Chatri Sityodtong

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Chatri Sityodtong
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BornChatri Trisiripisal
1971 (age 49–50)
Native nameชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง
NationalityThai
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
RankKru in Muay Thai
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
UniversityTufts University (BA)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Websitechatrisityodtong.com

Chatri Trisiripisal (Thai: ชาตรี ตรีศิริพิศาล, RTGSChatri Trisiriphisan), known by the ring names as Chatri Sityodtong (Thai: ชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง, RTGSChatri Sit-yotthong) and Yodchatri Sityodtong (Thai: ยอดชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง, RTGSYotchatri Sit-yotthong), is an entrepreneur and a martial artist from Thailand, best known as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. According to Forbes,[1] ONE Championship is Asia's largest global sports media property.[2][3][4] Chatri Sityodtong was named Asia's 2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports.[5] He is also set to star on the upcoming Asian edition of The Apprentice reality TV series.[6]

Family and education[edit]

Raised in Thailand, Sityodtong is of half Japanese (mother side), half Thai (father side) ethnicity. His family lost its home and life savings due to bankruptcy. His father eventually abandoned the family and Sityodtong survived on one meal per day.[7] He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, and obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School at Harvard University in 1999.[8]

Martial arts[edit]

In 2019, Sityodtong was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.[9] Chatri started Muay Thai as a child under Kru Yodtong Senanan of Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Kru Yodtong eventually gave Chatri the ring name, Yodchatri Sityodtong. A veteran of over 30 fights, Sityodtong's last professional Muay Thai fight was in 2008 in Thailand. He is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under Kru Yodtong Senanan of the Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand.[10][11] Before his death, Kru Yodtong appointed Chatri Sityodtong as one of 4 conservators of Sityodtong Muay Thai in the world. Sityodtong started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in approximately 2006, and has a Purple Belt under Renzo Gracie.[12]

Early business career[edit]

Chatri Sityodtong started as an investment analyst at Fidelity Investments covering a variety of industries. He later launched Nextdoor Networks with Yau Soon Loo, a classmate at Harvard. Nextdoor Networks was a San Francisco based startup provider of e-commerce infrastructure.[13] Sityodtong was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a US$12 billion hedge fund. Backed by Farallon Capital, Sityodtong later launched Izara Capital Management, a US$500 million New York hedge fund.[14] After a decade on Wall Street, he retired.[15]

Current business career[edit]

Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship.[16]According to Forbes,[17] ONE Championship is Asia's largest global sports media property,[18][19][20] Backed by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, ONE Championship has over US$346 million in total capital as of June 2020.[21] He is the Founder and Chairman of Evolve University, an online university for martial arts. He is the Founder and Chairman of Evolve MMA, a chain of martial arts academies in Asia. In addition, Sityodtong is involved in several other companies in Asia.[22]

Chatri Sityodtong is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools.[22]

Charity[edit]

Sityodtong supports Global Poverty Project through his companies. He is an active donor to Boys' Town Home, a charity that serves abandoned children and youth in need. Sityodtong also supports underprivileged children with Singapore Children's Society and children with cancer with Children's Cancer Foundation.[23]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Asia's 2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports (FOX Sports)[24]
  • Black Belt Hall of Fame (Black Belt Magazine)[25]
  • Asia's Most Powerful Person in Martial Arts (Huffington Post)[26]
  • Most Influential Executive in Asian MMA (Forbes)[27]
  • Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[28]
  • Movers and Shakers of Asian MMA (MMA Mania)[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazique, Brian. "ONE Championship And Singapore Have Partnered To Create Asia's Largest Global Sports Media Property". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  2. ^ "How to Become Asia's Biggest Global Sports Media Property: Secrets from ONE Championship". Inc. Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  3. ^ U-Wen, Lee. "One Championship breaks new ground in 2019". The Business Times. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  4. ^ "How One Championship became the first truly pan-Asian sports media property". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  5. ^ "2019 Asia's Most Powerful People in Sports". FOX Sports. 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ SportsBusiness, [1], 22 Feb 2020
  7. ^ "Changing Lives". Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  8. ^ "My Story | Chatri Sityodtong". chatrisityodtong.com. September 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "2019 Black Belt Hall of Fame". Black Belt. 1 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Asia set for mixed martial arts revolution | Reuters". reuters.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  11. ^ "Breaking News - Sports | The Straits Times". straitstimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  12. ^ Taylor, Tom (September 9, 2019). "Chatri Sityodtong earns Renzo Gracie purple belt in BJJ | BJPenn.com".
  13. ^ Tornado Insider, [2], Nextdoor Networks profile
  14. ^ "News content". malaycr.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  15. ^ "Interview With Chatri Sityodtong, Former Hedge Fund Manager and the Man Behind Evolve MMA - MMAmania.com". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  16. ^ Chandran, Nyshka (July 16, 2014). "Asia is grappling with this billion-dollar industry". CNBC.
  17. ^ Mazique, Brian. "ONE Championship And Singapore Have Partnered To Create Asia's Largest Global Sports Media Property". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  18. ^ "How to Become Asia's Biggest Global Sports Media Property: Secrets from ONE Championship". Inc. Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  19. ^ U-Wen, Lee. "One Championship breaks new ground in 2019". The Business Times. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  20. ^ "How One Championship became the first truly pan-Asian sports media property". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  21. ^ "ONE Championship $100 million". Straits Times. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  22. ^ a b "2013_CSityodtong". insead.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  23. ^ "Philanthropy". Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  24. ^ "2019 FOX Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 8 October 2019.
  25. ^ "2019 Black Belt Hall of Fame". Black Belt. 1 November 2019.
  26. ^ "2017 Huffington Post Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 13 December 2017.
  27. ^ "2016 Forbes Power List". Forbes. 13 December 2016.
  28. ^ "2016 Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Asian MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 25 November 2016.
  29. ^ "A closer look at the movers and shakers setting the Asian MMA agenda in 2014". MMAmania.com.

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