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 39)
Residence San Francisco, California, U.S.
Citizenship Singapore
Alma mater National University of Singapore

Chief executive officer of Razer Inc.

Chief Executive Officer of THX
Known for Co-founding Razer Inc.
Net worth $600M [1]
Relatives Min-Han Tan[2]
Website [3]

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.[3] Tan was a lawyer before he co-founded Razer with Robert Krakoff.[4]

Tan is a board member of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).[5]

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.[6] Tan has been named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider together with Jonathan Ive and Gabe Newell.[7] He has also been ranked one of the top 40 most powerful people in gaming by Kotaku in their "The Kotaku Power 40" list.[8] Tan was also ranked No 1 of the 30 top South East Asia tech founders by TechinAsia.[9] Tan was named the Asian of the Year in 2016 by the Straits Times. [10] Tan debuted in 2016 on the Forbes Singapore Rich List with a net worth of $600M [11]

He has also won awards from his alma mater, the National University of Singapore, who has awarded him with the Outstanding NUS Innovator Award[12] in 2011 and as one of their Outstanding Young Alumni.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.


Tan attended Raffles Institution prior to attending university and graduated from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.[16][17] Tan was ranked top 20[18] in his post-graduate law class when he graduated in 2002.


Prior to founding Razer, Tan was an advocate and solicitor for the Supreme Court of Singapore.[19]

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".[20][21]

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.[22]

On Mar 31, 2015, Tan was appointed as a board member of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).[23]

Appearances in Movies and Games[edit]

Tan is one of the biggest celebrities in the gaming industry and has been featured in a number of games including Wasteland 2 where Tan was added into the game as a ranger. [24]

Tan was also included in the Torment: Tides of Numenera as a character called the Min of Tan Liang [25] as well as in the game Holy Potatoes as Chief Min.

Tan has also had cameos in movies like Dead_Rising: Watchtower where he acted as a zombie. [26]

Donations and Philantrophy[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.[27][28]

In November 2014, Tan donated US$10,000 and did the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to raise funds for ALS.[29]

In February 2015, Tan donated £10,000 to fight Motor Neuron Disease. The donation was done via Twitch live stream subscription to ProSyndicate.[30]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Tan, Min-Han. "RESEARCH AREAS > Research Staff Details Biodevices and Diagnostics". Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. A Star. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Gamesbeat 2009 Speakers
  4. ^ "Razer CEO Tan Min Liang: "We are our biggest challenge". e27. October 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SIM Provost, Razer CEO join Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Board". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, Heads Top Tech Leader Rankings 2015". Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  7. ^ "25 Most Creative People in Tech". The Business Insider. March 2013. 
  8. ^ "These Are The 40 Most Powerful People In Video Games". Kotaku. March 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Southeast Asia’s top 30 tech founders". TechInAsia. October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Straits Times Asians of the Year". Straits Times. December 2016. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "NUS Enterprise - Awards". enterprise.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  13. ^ "NUS honours 19 alumni for outstanding contributions to alma mater and society". news.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  14. ^ kishorekis45 Tweet on Twitter
  15. ^ "Tan Min-Liang: Gaming Guru". The Peak Magazine Singapore. Aug 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ "The fourth issue of ONE - The Raffles Institution Alumni Magazine". Raffles Inc. November 3, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ https://law.nus.edu.sg/alumni/pdfs/lawlinkv2n1.pdf
  18. ^ "Notices". www.lawgazette.com.sg. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  19. ^ "5 Questions With Razer CEO". CNBC. NBC Universal. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Swordmaster". Prestige Singapore. December 4, 2012. 
  21. ^ "About Razer". Razer. 
  22. ^ "About Razer". Razer. 
  23. ^ "SIM Provost, Razer CEO join Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Board". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Min Liang Tan - Wasteland 2 Wiki". wasteland.gamepedia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  25. ^ http://numenera.gamepedia.com/Min_of_Tan_Liang.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/minliangtan/photos/a.116842955040162.11402.113306788727112/931120353612414/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ "Repentent(sic) pirate drops $10,000 in Wasteland 2 fund". vg247. March 14, 2012. 
  28. ^ "$10,000 Worth of Wasteland 2 is Brought to You by Razer". Kotaku. March 14, 2012. 
  29. ^ https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=791410970916687
  30. ^ Tom Syndicate Tweet on Twitter

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