Gong Yu



Founder / CEO

Chinese brainbox Gong (aka Tim Gong) shakes off comparisons between Netflix and his 2010 invention, iQIYI, China’s dominant streaming-video provider. The service is also spending heavily on original content but, more significantly, has in many ways overtaken corporate parent Baidu. With a focus on software engineering, the company now sees its creation as a super-app able to sell literature, comics, gaming and even movie theater rentals to its 100 million paying subscribers and half-billion regular users. Its March 2018 IPO on NASDAQ has proved less satisfying, as shares climbed 250 percent in three months then fell back, leaving iQIYI with a $13.5 billion valuation. Still, that’s far higher than the $2.8 billion bid that Gong and Baidu founder Robin Li made for the company in 2016. 


  • Baidu
  • Sohu Group
  • umessage.com


  • Tsinghua University (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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IQIYI CEO Gong Yu Says Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape Showbiz

IQIYI CEO Gong Yu Says Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape Showbiz

Gong Yu, founder and CEO of China’s leading streaming platform iQIYI, said at Mipcom content market on Tuesday that artificial intelligence “will reshape the entertainment industry over the next 10-15 years, much more so than the internet did over the past three decades.” There was a shift underway from the “internet era” to the “A.I. era,” he asserted. In the former, users browse and search for content from the company’s library of content; in the latter, creators and platforms provide...


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