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Kenneth Yen (Chinese: 嚴凱泰; pinyin: Yán Kǎitài; 23 May 1965 – 3 December 2018) was a Taiwanese entrepreneur who was listed as one of the richest people in the world.[1]

Kenneth Yen
Native name
Born23 May 1965
Died3 December 2018(2018-12-03) (aged 53)
Cause of deathEsophageal cancer
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materThe Pennington School
Rider University
Spouse(s)Chen Li-lien


Yen was born in Taipei, Taiwan to Yen Ching-ling [zh] and Vivian Shun-wen Wu.[2] He attended secondary school at Tsai-Hsing High School [zh] in Taipei's Muzha District[3] and later went to boarding school at The Pennington School.[4] He attended Rider University in the United States where he studied business administration.[5] He also received an honorary business degree from St. John's University.[5] In 1986, he returned to Taiwan to lead the China Motor Corporation and Yulon, his family's business.[5] Yen was officially named chairman of Yulon in August 2007.[2] According to Forbes magazine, he had an estimated net worth of $1.05 billion USD.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Yen had one daughter, Michelle, and a son, John, with wife Chen Li-lien [zh].[6][7] He died of esophageal cancer at Taipei Veterans General Hospital on 3 December 2018. [8][6]


  1. ^ a b "Kenney Yen". Forbes Inc. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Vivian Yen, 'Iron Lady' of Taiwan Cars, Is Dead at 95". New York Times. Agence France Presse. August 11, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "個人成長 嚴凱泰:被人看衰 拼出活路". Business Today (Taiwan). 22 August 2012. p. 4. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  4. ^ Mease, Alyssa (June 7, 2013). "The Pennington School names new building after alumnus". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Kai Tai Yen Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Chang, Ming-hsuan; Tien, Yu-bin; Liu, Li-jung; Yen, William (3 December 2018). "Yulon Group Chairman Kenneth Yen dies at 53: hospital (update)". Central News Agency. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Motor sector 'Iron Lady' Wu passes on at age 95". Taipei Times. Agence France Presse. August 11, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Kao, Shih-ching (4 December 2018). "Yulon Group CEO Kenneth Yen dies in Taipei at 54". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 December 2018.