The Ultimate List Of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch – Steven Shih Chen

Steve Chen

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May 15, 2011

We have traversed the far-flung corners of science, medicine, engineering, and technology to come up with this list of 15 scientists who represent the movers and shakers of Asia.

#13: Steven Shih Chen (陳士駿), YouTube

Only 33 years old, Steve Chen has already lived entire lifetimes of other technopreneurs.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chen is the co-founder and previous Chief Technology Officer of the popular video sharing website YouTube. After graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, he was an early employee at PayPal, where he met Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. In 2005, the three founded YouTube.

A year later, the team sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for US$1.65 billion. Mr. 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 worth US$350 million at Google’s October 30, 2007 closing stock price.

Although Mr. Chen is still with Google, he has since stepped down as CTO, and it is unclear what he is focusing on these days. Even more reason to watch this dude!

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