Marc van der Chijs

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Marc van der Chijs (born 11 October 1972, Arnhem)[1] is a business man and investor. Among others he was the co-founder, with Gary Wang, of popular Chinese video sharing website[2]


Raised mostly in the Netherlands, he lived in many different places, including Wehl, Laag-Keppel, Saliña Abou on Curaçao, Brummen, Ommen and Valdosta, Georgia in the United States.[3] From 1991 Van der Chijs studied business economics in Maastricht, and then took a traineeship at Daimler-Benz; after working at their headquarters in Stuttgart as well as in Indonesia, he moved to Beijing in 1999 to take up a position as senior controller for Daimler-Benz' China operations.[4] Soon after, he resigned from that position and began working as an independent consultant while also studying Chinese on the side.[2]

In 2004, Van der Chijs's wife Grace Wang introduced him to Gary Wang, a former classmate of hers at Insead.[5] The two men established Tudou in Shanghai in 2005; van der Chijs was the one to suggest the name.[2] As of 2008, van der Chijs has left more of the operation of Tudou to Gary Wang, who has taken up the chief executive officer position. Instead, van der Chijs concentraded on his responsibilities as CEO of Spil Games Asia, a Dutch internet games company.[4]

In 2013 Van der Chijs left China and moved to Vancouver, where he became a managing partner in venture capital fund CrossPacific Capital. Since July 2013 he is also on the board of Chinese P2P lending company (Sinolending) and in 2014 Van der Chijs co-founded the world's first P2P insurance company

Personal life[edit]

Van der Chijs is married to Grace Wang, Tudou's former chief financial officer. They have a son, Scott, born in 2007,[4] and a daughter, Elaine, born in 2009[6]


  1. ^ Chijs, Marc van der (2007-10-11), "Birthday party @ Spill & Dinner at Casa 13", Marc van der Chijs' Shanghaied Weblog, retrieved 2009-03-25 
  2. ^ a b c Lange, Henny de (2006-06-27), "Het gewone leven op de site: De populairste website in China is gemaakt door de Nederlander Marc van der Chijs", Trouw, retrieved 2009-03-25 
  3. ^ Full profile,, 2008, retrieved 2009-09-16 
  4. ^ a b c Oosterhout, Bart van (2008-07-28), "Marc van der Chijs, oprichter van de Chinese YouTube: 'Als het eenmaal loopt, wil ik weer wat anders'", Intermediar, retrieved 2009-03-25 
  5. ^ Balfour, Frederik (2007-11-08), "You say Guanxi, I Say Schmoozing", BusinessWeek, retrieved 2009-03-25 
  6. ^ Chijs, Marc van der (2009-05-21), "Hello world: Elaine van der Chijs", Marc van der Chijs' Shanghaied Weblog, retrieved 2009-12-10 

External links[edit]

  • Shanghaied, Marc van der Chijs' personal weblog (in English)