|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Education||Master of Business Administration|
|Alma mater||Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania|
|Relatives||Leslie Koo (brother)|
Early life and educationEdit
Life and careerEdit
Koo eventually sold CTN in January 2000, having never turned a profit. In an attempt to increase the market share of China Network Systems (CNS), a cable company owned by KGI, Koo restructured CNS and sought investors to form a media conglomerate, becoming partners with Rupert Murdoch in the process. Though he was credited with helping Koos Group gain a foothold in new industries, many of Koo's investments were also regarded as risky, and multiple ventures lost money. He resigned his position at China Life in December 2001.
As a result, Koo became less involved with Koos Group business ventures, except for Hoshin Gigamedia Center Inc. which he had founded in October 1998. Under his leadership, GigaMedia reached an agreement with Microsoft and began working on a set-top box design suitable for broadband Internet via cable services. In November 1999, Microsoft bought a ten percent stake in GigaMedia. The next year, GigaMedia began work with Yahoo Inc. on building a website which offered multimedia entertainment to GigaMedia customers.
Shortly after leaving China Life, Koo died from gallbladder cancer on 24 December 2001, aged 49. Later, Leslie Koo split Koos Group holdings with cousin Jeffrey Koo. Together, the two returned KGI to profitability.
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