Chen in 2007
|Born||Steven Shih Chen
August 18, 1978
|Residence||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Occupation||Co-Founder of AVOS|
|Known for||Co-Founder of YouTube|
|Net worth||$300 million|
|Spouse(s)||Park Ji-hyun (Jamie Chen)|
Steven Shih "Steve" Chen (traditional Chinese: 陳士駿; simplified Chinese: 陈士骏; pinyin: Chén Shìjùn; born in August 18, 1978) is a Taiwanese-born American internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders and the previous Chief Technology Officer of the popular website YouTube. After having co-founded the company AVOS Systems, Inc. and built the video-sharing app MixBit, he joined Google Ventures in 2014.
Early years and education
Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. When he was fifteen years old, he and his family immigrated to the United States. He went to River Trails Middle School in Mount Prospect for his middle school education and John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights for his freshman year of high school. For his final three years of high school, he attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he studied computer science. He graduated in 2002.
Chen was an employee at the industry financial company PayPal, where he first met Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. Chen was also an early employee at Facebook, although he left after several months to start YouTube.
In 2005, Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim and Chen founded YouTube, with Chen having the position of Chief Technology Officer. In June 2006, Chen was named by Business 2.0 as one of "The 50 people who matter now" in business.
On October 16, 2006, Chen and Hurley sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.65 billion. Chen received 625,366 shares of Google and an additional 68,721 in a trust as part of the sale. The Google shares that he received were reported to be worth over $326 million about 1 year later.
Chen married Park Ji-hyun, who is now Jamie Chen, a Google Korea product marketing manager, in 2009. They live in San Francisco with their two children. One son was born in July 2010. The Chens are major supporters of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco where Jamie was appointed a trustee in July 2012.
Chen with Chad Hurley and Walt Mossberg in 2007
Steve Chen with his wife Jamie Chen and Kamran Elahian in 2009
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