Eric Yuan Net Worth
Eric Yuan net worth: Eric Yuan is a Chinese American businessman and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $8 billion. Eric earned his fortune as the founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications. As of this writing, Eric owns 19% of Zoom. When the company IPO'd in June 2019, his stake was worth $3 billion.
Early Life and Career Beginnings: Eric Yuan was born in China on February 20, 1970. He graduated from Shandong University of Science and Technology. He later earned a Master's degree in engineering from China University of Mining an Technology.
After hearing a speech by Bill Gates in 1994, Eric decided he wanted to move to the United States to get in on the growing dotcom industry. His visa application was rejected eight times over a two year period. Finally he landed a job at WebEx in 1997. A decade later he was the Vice President of Engineering. In March 2007, the same year of his promotion, Cisco acquired WebEx for $3.2 billion. Eric eventually rose to the title of Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco Systems.
Zoom: Eric founded Zoom in 2011. By 2014 the company had 10 million total users. By 2015 it reached 40 million customers. That same year Zoom raised $30 million in series C venture capital funding from investors included Yahoo founder Jerry Yang and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (billionaire owner of the Lakers).
The company's private market value hit $1 billion for the first time in June 2017 thanks to a $100 million investment from Sequoia Capital.
Zoom IPO: Zoom filed to go public on the NASDAQ. The company IPO'd on April 18, 2019. Shares finished up 72% on the day giving the company a market cap of $16 billion. At that level Eric's 19% stake was worth $3.04 billion.
After Zoom's first day of trading, Eric Yuan was left with a $3 billion paper net worth thanks to his 19% ownership stake in the company. A month later his net worth grew to $4 billion.
Coronavirus: As Coronavirus forced tens of millions of employees around the globe to work from home, Zoom's stock price more than doubled. By March 2020, the company had a market cap of $42 billion which gave Eric a paper net worth of $8 billion.
|Net Worth:||$8 Billion|