Gang Ye

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Gang Ye is a Chinese entrepreneur who co-founded global consumer internet company Sea (formerly known as Garena) in 2009. Since January 2017, he has served as the group’s Chief Operating Officer, after having served previously as Group Technology Officer from March 2010 to December 2016.[1]



Born in China, Gang Ye arrived in Singapore when he was in his teens, under a government effort to recruit foreign talent through scholarship programmes.[2] He attended Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Junior College.[2]

Gang Ye holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.[1]

He is a naturalised Singaporean.[3]

Professional career

Gang Ye previously worked at Wilmar International and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.[1]

In 2009, Gang Ye co-founded consumer internet company Sea Group (then known as Garena), together with fellow co-founders Forrest Li and David Chen.[4]

Attaining Billionaire status

In November 2019, Gang Ye became a billionaire, after shares of Sea Group reached an all-time high following the company’s report of a record US$610.1million in 3Q 2019.[5] According to reports, Sea’s results were mainly driven by its digital entertainment segment that houses its gaming and esports division Garena.[2]

Its most popular offering is mobile game Free Fire, which ranked among the five most downloaded games on the Apple and Google app stores for three straight quarters in 2019 and has amassed over US$1billion in adjusted revenue since 2017.[6]

Net worth

According to Forbes, Gang Ye is the 10th richest billionaire in Singapore, with an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion.[7] Globally, he is ranked 984th.

References / Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sea. “Our Management - Gang Ye”. Sea. n.d. Accessed 13 May 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Teng, Angela. “These 10 self-made tech tycoons worked their way up and are now S’pore’s 50 richest”. Vulcan Post. September 9, 2021. Accessed 13 May 2022.
  3. Ang, Benson. “Covid-19 billionaires: Meet 20 men who thrived on the pandemic”. The Straits Times. September 4, 2021. Accessed 13 May 2022.
  4. Lee, Yoojung. “This tech founder is now Singapore’s richest person”. Fortune. August 31, 2021. Accessed 13 May 2022.
  5. Cordon, Miguel. “Sea co-founder Gang Ye becomes Singapore’s latest billionaire”. Tech In Asia. November 29, 2019. Accessed 13 May 2022.
  6. Bloomberg. “Singapore’s latest billionaire is a Chinese immigrant who made his fortune in gaming”. South China Morning Post. November 29, 2019. Accessed 12 May 2022.
  7. Koo, Angela. “[2022 Edition] Top 10 Richest Billionaires In Singapore And How They Earn Their Wealth”. Dollars and Sense. May 4, 2022. Accessed 13 May 2022.