Yuan came to the US in 1997 not knowing any English. Now, the Zoom founder and CEO is worth more than $3 billion.
- Zoom, a video-conferencing company, went public Thursday and began trading on the Nasdaq.
- Shares jumped 72% on its opening day, putting the company's valuation at nearly $16 billion.
- Zoom CEO Eric Yuan owns 20.5% of the company's stock, which makes Yuan one of the newest tech billionaires.
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The CEO of video-conferencing company Zoom is the newest member of an elite class of tech billionaires that include names like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos.
CEO Eric Yuan was made a billionaire Thursday on Zoom's first day of trading on the public market. The company priced its IPO at $36 a share, but Zoom's stock surged as the day went on. By the time the stock market closed, Zoom's shares had jumped 72%, giving the company a valuation of $15.9 billion.
Yuan, Zoom's founder and CEO, owns 20.5% of his company's stock. At the price Zoom closed at Thursday, Yuan is now worth more than $3 billion.
Before he founded Zoom in 2011, Yuan was the vice president of engineering at Cisco. He first came to the US fom China in 1997 after unsuccessfully applying for a visa eight times, Yuan said in an interview with Thrive Global. On his ninth try, Yuan was accepted, and he came to the US without speaking any English, CNBC reports.
By 2017, Zoom had 450,000 businesses as customers, and was valued at $1 billion.
Zoom raised $517.5 million from investors before its Thursday IPO, and entered the public market as a rare profitable tech company.
Despite the achievement of Thursday's IPO, Yuan says its time for Zoom to focus and get back to work.
"I'm going to fly back to California," Yuan told Business Insider in a recent interview. "We have to double down on our execution and do what we were doing before. We've got to keep doing that to make sure we keep our customers happy."