Eric Yuan
Courtesy of Zoom
United States China
2021

Zoom Video Communications

Eric
Yuan

Founder / Chairman / CEO

The pandemic lockdown turned Zoom into an essential communication tool for millions around the globe virtually overnight, leaving Yuan to figure out what to do with that windfall success. In July 2021, he acquired cloud-based customer service software provider Five9 in a $14.7 billion all-stock deal, with the aim of expanding Zoom into the call-center market. A native of China, Yuan moved to the Silicon Valley in 1997 and became one of the first 20 hires at conferencing startup WebEx, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. When Cisco turned down his idea for a new videoconferencing platform, he left to launch Zoom in 2011. The company went public in 2019 and brought in $623 million in revenue that year. That number is projected to top $3.78 billion in 2021.

Career

  • Zoom Video Communications
  • Cisco Systems

Education

  • Shandong University of Science and Technology (China)
  • China University of Mining and Technology (China)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree

Philanthropy

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