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Charles Yidan Chen

Charles Yidan Chen

Founder, Yidan Prize Foundation; Core Founder, Tencent Holdings Limited
Dr Charles CHEN Yidan established the Yidan Prize in 2016 with a mission to make the world a better place through education.

Charles is recognized as China’s Internet philanthropy pioneer. He co-founded Chinese Internet giant Tencent in 1998. In 2007, he launched the Chinese Internet industry’s first charity foundation with his partners — the Tencent Charity Foundation — of which he remains honorary chairman.

Apart from his charity work with the Tencent network, Charles undertakes other education philanthropy. Since 2009, he has been supporting the Wuhan College, a private non-profit university in China. He has topped the Forbes China Charity List 2017.

Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Shenzhen University and a master’s degree in Economic Law from Nanjing University. He served as a visiting scholar of Stanford Law School in 2014 and was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Humanities (honoris causa) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017.