What is Andrew Yang net worth 2021
Andrew Yang is an American businessman, politician, political commentator, philanthropist, and author who has a net worth of $600,000 according to Celebritynetworth. Originally a lawyer, Yang began working in startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, he founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession. He ran in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, and is running as a Democrat in the 2021 New York City mayoral election.
The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang was born and raised in New York State. He attended Brown University and then Columbia Law School. Dissatisfied with his work as an attorney, Yang began working for startups during the dot-com bubble before spending a decade as an executive at exam preparation company Manhattan Prep. In 2011, Yang founded VFA, which recruits top college graduates into a two-year fellowship program at startups in developing cities across the United States. In 2011, Yang was one of 500 people selected from all 50 states by the Obama administration as “Champions of Change”, and in 2015 he was recognized again as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.” Yang left VFA in 2017 to focus on his presidential campaign. In 2018, he authored The War on Normal People, which outlines several of his campaign’s central ideas.
On November 6, 2017, Yang filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Yang’s campaign largely focused on responding to the rapid development of automation, which is beginning to lead to workforce challenges in the United States. His signature policy was the “Freedom Dividend,” a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month to every American adult as a response to job displacement by automation. Yang has been credited with mainstreaming the idea of universal basic income through his candidacy and activism. News outlets described Yang as the most surprising candidate of the 2020 election cycle, going from a relative unknown to a major competitor in the race. Yang qualified for and participated in seven of the first eight Democratic debates, and has been credited with elevating discussions on UBI, automation, and autism to the national level, as well as for engaging Asian Americans in presidential politics.
Yang’s campaign was noted for its happy-go-lucky and “tech-friendly” nature. His supporters, informally known as the “Yang Gang”, included several high-profile celebrity endorsements and were noted for their ideological and political diversity. Yang suspended his campaign on February 11, 2020, shortly after the New Hampshire primary, pledging that he and his movement are “just getting started”. Following his campaign’s end, Yang joined CNN as a political commentator, announced the creation of the political nonprofit organization Humanity Forward, and is running for the Democratic nomination in the 2021 New York City mayoral election.
Early life and education
Andrew Yang was born on January 13, 1975 (age 46 years), in Schenectady, New York. His parents, Taiwanese Americans, emigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. in the 1960s and met in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. Yang is of mixed Fujianese and Taiwanese descent. His father graduated with a Ph.D. in physics and worked in the research labs of IBM and General Electric, generating over 50 patents in his career. His mother graduated with a master’s degree in statistics before becoming a systems administrator at a university, and later an artist. Yang has an older brother, Lawrence, who is a psychology professor at New York University. Yang’s father, uncle, and cousin also became professors.
Yang grew up in Somers in Westchester County, New York. He has described being bullied and called racial slurs by classmates while attending public school, in part because he was one of the smaller children in his class after skipping a grade. In The War on Normal People (2018), he wrote, “Perhaps as a result, I’ve always taken pride in relating to the underdog or little guy or gal.” When he was 12 years old, Yang scored a 1220 out of 1600 on the SAT, qualifying him to attend the Center for Talented Youth, a summer program for gifted children run by Johns Hopkins University, which he attended for the next five summers. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. Yang was part of the 1992 U.S. national debate team, which competed at the world championships in London. After graduating from Exeter in 1992, he enrolled at Brown University, where he majored in economics and political science, graduating in 1996. He then attended Columbia Law School, earning a Juris Doctor in 1999.
In 2012, Yang was named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration. In 2015, he was selected as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. In 2020, Yang received the 2021 Vilcek Prize for Excellence in Public Service, awarded by the Vilcek Foundation. Jan Vilcek, Chairman and CEO of the Vilcek Foundation, said, “The Vilcek Prize for Excellence… is a way for us to honor the work of individuals… whose experience and career contributions nonetheless exemplify or speak to our foundation’s core mission and vision—to celebrate the multitude of immigrant experiences and how immigration enriches culture, society, and innovation in the United States.”
Yang has been married to Evelyn Yang (née Lu) since 2011, and they have two sons. Yang has spoken about his older son Christopher, who is autistic, saying, “I’m very proud of my son and anyone who has someone on the spectrum in their family feels the exact same way.” Yang attends the Reformed Church of New Paltz with his family and has identified Mark E. Mast as their pastor. He considers himself spiritual. When speaking about his faith in an interfaith town hall at Wartburg College, Yang said he “wouldn’t be the first to say that [his] own journey is still in progress.”
In an interview with The Hill, Yang said that Theodore Roosevelt is his favorite president and that he is the godfather of Roosevelt’s great-granddaughter.
Andrew Yang net worth 2021
Andrew Yang net worth 2021 is estimated to be around $600,000. However, on February 2, 2021, Yang tested positive for COVID-19 and reported having mild symptoms. Yang fully recovered. On February 26, 2021, Yang stopped a physical attack on a journalist on the Staten Island Ferry by placing himself between the attacker and the journalist. The attacker recognized Yang and stopped the assault.