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Quick facts about Andrew Yang
Updated 11:51 AM ET, Tue Oct 5, 2021
Here’s a glimpse into the life of Andrew Yang, entrepreneur and former Democratic 2020 presidential candidate. Personal Date of Birth: January 13, 1975 Place of Birth: Schenectady, New York Birth Name: Andrew M. Yang Father: Kei- Hsiung Yang, IBM and GE researcher Mother: Nancy L. Yang, system administrator Marriage: Evelyn (Lu) Yang (2011-present) Children: Two sons Education: BA in economics, Brown University, 1996; JD Columbia University School of Law, 1999 Religion: Protestant Other facts His parents are originally from Taiwan. The main proposition of his political platform was the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). This “Freedom Dividend” would have provided each citizen with $ 1,000 per month, or $ 12,000 per year. Believes that automation and AI will obsolete millions of jobs. Yang created Freedom Dividend, a pilot program to promote a universal basic income, in which he personally funds monthly cash payments. Is featured in the 2016 documentary, “Generation Startup”. Its campaign slogan is “MATH” or “Make America Think Harder”. Its supporters are sometimes referred to as the “Gang Gang”. In 1992, he traveled to London as a member of the United States National Debate Team. After graduating from Columbia, Yang practiced law for a short time before turning to start-ups and entrepreneurship. Chronology 2002-2005 – Vice-president of a start-up in the health sector. 2006-2011 – Managing Director, then CEO, of Manhattan Prep, a test-prep company. 2009 – Kaplan purchases Manhattan Prep for over $ 10 million. September 2011 – Founds Venture for America, a non-profit organization that connects young university graduates with start-ups. Leaves the company in 2017. 2012 – Recognized by President Barack Obama as a “Champion for Change”. April 2012 – Ranked # 27 on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list. February 4, 2014 – His book, “Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America”, is published. May 11, 2015 – Obama names Yang Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. November 6, 2017 – FEC documents submitted for a 2020 presidential race. February 2, 2018 – Announces his candidacy for the presidency via YouTube and Twitter. April 3, 2018 – His book, “The War Against Normal People”, is published. March 2019 – Yang is exploring the possibility of using a 3D hologram to be able to campaign remotely in two or three locations at once. January 4, 2020 – Kicks off a written campaign for the Ohio Democratic primary in March 2020 after failing to fully comply with state ballot access laws. February 11, 2020 – In New Hampshire, Yang suspends his presidential campaign. February 19, 2020 – CNN announces that Yang will join the network as a political commentator. March 5, 2020 – Launches Humanity Forward, a nonprofit group that “will support and provide resources to political candidates who embrace universal basic income, human-centered capitalism and other aligned policies at all levels” , according to its website. Yang also announces that he will be launching a podcast in which he will “discuss new ideas for solving the biggest challenges of our time with” distinguished guests and “ordinary Americans.” December 23, 2020 – Filing documents to participate in the 2021 New York mayoral race, according to city records. January 13, 2021 – Yang announces his candidacy for mayor of New York. June 22, 2021 – Yang concedes the race for mayor of New York. In a speech, he told his supporters “I will not be the mayor of New York based on the numbers that will come in tonight.” October 4, 2021 – Yang announces in a blog post that he is “breaking” with the Democratic Party and has registered as an independent.