Meet Andrew Yang – Fast Facts About this Famous American
American entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is truly a force to reckon with.
Yang is the author of the 2014 book Smart People Should Build Things and the 2018 book The War on Normal People.
His initial quest for presidential candidacy was treated as a joke. He has since risen from being the joke to being an actual contender his opponents should look out for. Find more about him and his journey through life below.
Andrew’s parents emigrated into the US from Taiwan in the ’60s. As fate would have it, they met at the University of California, Berkeley when they were both in graduate school.
Yang’s father graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics while his mother graduated with a master’s in statistics.
Yang is the last born in his family and his older brother Lawrence is a psychology professor at New York University. He was born on January 13, 1975, in Schenectady, New York.
As you can imagine growing up in his time as one of the only Asian students in the public school he attended, he was constantly picked on and bullied.
This was both for his race as well as his small physique. Andrew grew up in Westchester County, New York, in Somers, before moving to Katonah.
Yang was always a smart kid from his younger days and even skipped a class for his smarts. His brain paid off as he was able to attend a number of elite summer programs like the one for gifted kids run by Johns Hopkins University.
Yang graduated from Bron university in 1996 where he majored in economics and political science.
He then attended Columbia Law School, earning a Juris Doctor in 1999. By the time he graduated he had a few accomplishments under his belt.
These include making the cut to join the U.S. national debate team after which he competed at the world championships in London.
The 44-year-old entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate is married to Evelyn and they are blessed with two young sons ages 6 and 3. Evelyn and Andrew met at Columbia University when he worked at Manhattan Prep.
Evelyn Lu is six years younger than Andrew as she was born on October 31, 1981. She was a marketing manager at L’Oreal before choosing the quieter life of a stay at home mom.
Yang launched his career in the justice system as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City after graduating from law school.
In February 2000, just five months after joining, Andrew left the firm. He joined his office mate in launching Stargiving, a website for celebrity-affiliated philanthropic fundraising.
Despite some successes, the startup crashed in 2002. The Ivy League-educated son of Taiwanese immigrants then became involved in other ventures, including a party-organizing business. He became the vice president of a healthcare startup and served between 2002 and 2005.
From the year 2006, Andrew served as the CEO of Manhattan Prep, where he resigned in 2012. While in the company, lawsuits followed him on the grounds that he treated female workers unfairly.
One former employee filed a lawsuit against him for firing her because she asked for a raise when she realized her male counterparts were earning more.
Another claimed that he had fired her because he believed she wouldn’t work as hard after getting married. Andrew disputed all these allegations.
In 2011 he founded Venture for America which is a non-profit fellowship program that focuses on creating jobs in struggling American cities.
It aims to create economic opportunities in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs.
In 2017, Yang announced his bid for the 2020 presidential candidature. He hopes to be the first Asian-American to take the highest seat of the land.
He is running on multiple slogans, including “Humanity First”, “Make America Think Harder (MATH)”, and “Not Left, Not Right, Forward”.
Media outlets have provided several estimates of Yang’s net worth. According to Forbes, the entrepreneur is worth $1 million, while The Wall Street Journal believes the number is between $834,000 and $2.4 million.
Newsweek estimates his worth to be between $3 million and $4 million.