Co-founder and chairwoman of HTC and VIA Technologies
How does one become the fifth richest person in Taiwan? Cher Wang did it by co-founding not one, but two highly successful technology companies before the age of 40. Her second company, HTC, has always been a pioneer in the handheld space—it was first to introduce a color palm-size PC back in 1999 under the iPaq brand—but is now one of the best-known brands in the wireless space. Development of ahead-of-its-time tech is standard at HTC, including the 7-inch, Windows-powered HTC Shift in 2007 and the acclaimed Sense interface for Android devices. Though she eschews the limelight, Wang remains a vital part of both HTC and VIA as chairperson, spurred on by her love of gadgets and insatiable appetite for innovation.
Success runs in Wang’s family; her father, Wang Yung-ching, was ranked as the second richest person in Taiwan in 2008.
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