Apr. 7, 1948, in Shanghai.
When Yuen was 2, his family moved to Hong Kong. Father was a lawyer and independent filmmaker.
Was a star forward on his high school soccer team and a student of Chinese martial arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barely watches it, but likes X-Files, soccer, and catching his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.
Divorced; two sons, Philip, 22, and Gerald, 20.