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Resume: Henry C. Yuen


BORN

Apr. 7, 1948, in Shanghai.

CHILDHOOD

When Yuen was 2, his family moved to Hong Kong. Father was a lawyer and independent filmmaker.

TEENAGE JOCK

Was a star forward on his high school soccer team and a student of Chinese martial arts.

EDUCATION

Attended high school at Wah Yan College in Hong Kong and at 17 came to the U.S. for college. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a math degree in 1969. Went on to receive a PhD in applied mathematics at California Institute of Technology in 1973 and a law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1979.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Taught math at CalTech in 1973 and at New York University in 1974. Hired as a research scientist at TRW, where he spent 16 years. Founded Gemstar in 1986.

SHOWDOWNS

Resisted a $2.8 billion takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch and once used his martial arts to fight off attackers in Washington Square when he was teaching at NYU.

PASSIONS

An avid mah-jongg player and a voracious reader of novels by John LeCarre, Nelson DeMille, and James Clavell--among others. A current favorite book: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

TV HABITS

Barely watches it, but likes X-Files, soccer, and catching his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.

FAMILY

Divorced; two sons, Philip, 22, and Gerald, 20.


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