Min-Liang Tan

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Min-Liang Tan
Min-Liang Tan.jpg
Native name 陈民亮
Born (1977-11-05) November 5, 1977 (age 40)
Singapore
Residence San Francisco, California, U.S.
Citizenship Singapore[1]
Alma mater National University of Singapore
Occupation

Chief executive officer of Razer Inc.

Chief Executive Officer of THX
Known for Co-founding Razer Inc.
Net worth $690 million[2]
Relatives Min-Han Tan[3]
Website http://www.facebook.com/minliangtan

Min-Liang Tan (simplified Chinese: 陈民亮; traditional Chinese: 陳民亮; pinyin: Chén Mínliàng) is a Singaporean entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of gaming hardware company, Razer Inc. and CEO of THX as of May 2017. He directs and oversees the design and development of all Razer products.[4] Tan was a lawyer before he co-founded Razer with Robert Krakoff.[5]

Tan is a board member of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).[6]

Tan was named "Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech" in 2015 by Juniper Research, ahead of other leaders such as Elon Musk of Tesla and Space X and Jack Ma of Alibaba.[7] Tan has been named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider together with Jonathan Ive and Gabe Newell.[8] He has also been ranked one of the top 40 most powerful people in gaming by Kotaku in their "The Kotaku Power 40" list.[9] Tan was also ranked No 1 of the 30 top South East Asia tech founders by TechinAsia.[10] Tan was named the Asian of the Year in 2016 by the Straits Times.[11]

Tan debuted in 2016 on the Forbes Singapore Rich List with a net worth of $600 Million [12] and became the youngest self-made Singaporean billionaire at the age of 40 with a net worth of $1.6 Billion [2] when Razer went public in 2017.

He has also won awards from his alma mater, the National University of Singapore, who has awarded him with the Outstanding NUS Innovator Award[13] in 2011 and as one of their Outstanding Young Alumni.[14] in 2015.

Tan has a cult-like following worldwide and his fans have created fansites of him as well as even tattooed Tan's name on themselves.[15] One of his fans has gone as far as tattooing Tan's face on himself. [16]

Tan is a founding member of the Open Source Virtual Reality platform, which aims to create a common standard for VR program design. The next frontier for Razer has been said to lie in the realm of virtual reality, and Tan hopes to create an entire virtual reality industry, citing that the prospects are “phenomenal” in entertainment, health care and military applications.[17]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1977 in Singapore to a real estate consultant and homemaker mother, Tan is the youngest of four children in his family. Being raised in Singapore, he is fluent in English and Mandarin. Two of Tan's siblings eventually became doctors, one of whom is the renowned clinician-scientist Min-Han Tan, another became a lawyer, and the last — Tan — an ex-lawyer.

Education[edit]

Tan attended Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Junior College prior to attending university and graduated from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.[18][19] Tan was ranked top 20[20] in his post-graduate law class when he graduated in 2002.

Career[edit]

Prior to founding Razer, Tan was an advocate and solicitor for the Supreme Court of Singapore.[21]

In 1999, Tan and Robert Krakoff (who was GM of kärna) meet and work together to design the world's first gaming mouse - the "Razer Boomslang".[22][23]

In 2005, Tan and Robert Krakoff acquire the rights to the Razer brand and officially incorporate Razer Inc. in San Diego, California. Tan takes on the role of CEO and Creative Director of Razer.[23]

On Mar 31, 2015, Tan was appointed as a board member of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).[6]

On November 13, 2017, Razer goes IPO and Tan becomes the youngest self-made Singaporean billionaire at the age of 40. [24]

Appearances in movies and games[edit]

Tan was a backer of Wasteland 2[25] and Torment: Tides of Numenera[26] on Kickstarter which resulted in him being added to both games as a non-player character.

Tan has also had cameos in movies like Dead Rising: Watchtower where he acted as a zombie.[27]

Donations[edit]

In March 2012, Tan contributed US$10,000 to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project where he admitted it was to atone for infringing the copyright of Wasteland when he was a child. Brian Fargo replies that Tan has more than made up for his downloading of the game.[28][29]

In November 2014, Tan donated US$10,000 and did the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to raise funds for ALS.[30]

In February 2015, Tan donated £10,000 to fight Motor Neuron Disease. The donation was done via Twitch live stream subscription to ProSyndicate.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucas, Louise (31 October 2017). "Min-Liang Tan: the $700m gaming impresario". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. He splits his time between Singapore, where he has citizenship, and San Francisco.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. ^ Tan, Min-Han. "RESEARCH AREAS > Research Staff Details Biodevices and Diagnostics". Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. A Star. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  4. ^ Gamesbeat 2009 Speakers Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Razer CEO Tan Min Liang: "We are our biggest challenge". e27. October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "SIM Provost, Razer CEO join Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Board". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, Heads Top Tech Leader Rankings 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  8. ^ "25 Most Creative People in Tech". The Business Insider. March 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-05-04.
  9. ^ "These Are The 40 Most Powerful People In Video Games". Kotaku. March 8, 2012. Archived from the original on May 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Southeast Asia's top 30 tech founders". TechInAsia. October 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-13.
  11. ^ "Straits Times Asians of the Year". Straits Times. December 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-16.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  13. ^ "NUS Enterprise - Awards". enterprise.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  14. ^ "NUS honours 19 alumni for outstanding contributions to alma mater and society". news.nus.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  15. ^ kishorekis45 Tweet on Twitter
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  17. ^ "Tan Min-Liang: Gaming Guru". The Peak Magazine Singapore. Aug 3, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-08-27.
  18. ^ "The fourth issue of ONE - The Raffles Institution Alumni Magazine". Raffles Inc. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  19. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  20. ^ "Notices". www.lawgazette.com.sg. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  21. ^ "5 Questions With Razer CEO". CNBC. NBC Universal. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  22. ^ "The Swordmaster". Prestige Singapore. December 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  23. ^ a b "About Razer". Razer. Archived from the original on 2015-07-25.
  24. ^ "Fortune of Razer Founder Min-Liang Tan Soars To $1.6B After IPO". Fortune. Nov 14, 2017.
  25. ^ Antista, Chris. "Razer CEO ponies up $10K to fund Wasteland 2". PC Gamer. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  26. ^ Rigney, Ryan. "BIG-MONEY DONORS HELP TORMENT GAME BREAK KICKSTARTER'S FASTEST-TO-$1M RECORD". Wired. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Min-Liang Tan". Archived from the original on 2018-07-03.
  28. ^ "Repentent(sic) pirate drops $10,000 in Wasteland 2 fund". vg247. March 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013.
  29. ^ "$10,000 Worth of Wasteland 2 is Brought to You by Razer". Kotaku. March 14, 2012. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  31. ^ Tom Syndicate Tweet on Twitter

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