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Who is Andrew Yang?

Get to know the businessman who is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

Andrew Yang

Born: January 13, 1975

Birthplace: Schenectady, NY

Age on Inauguration Day: 46

Party affiliation: Democrat

Campaign website: yang2020.com

Education: Brown University (Bachelor’s degree in economics); Columbia University (Juris Doctor)

Professions: Corporate attorney; Startup entrepreneur

Public office: None

Personal: Yang and his wife, Evelyn, have two children. Yang says one of their sons has autism.

Life and career:

  • Former CEO of Venture for America. The company says it helps promote entrepreneurship by connecting college graduates with startups so they can learn how they can do it, too.
  • Former CEO of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company
  • Acknowledged twice by the Obama White House -- once as a "Champion of Change" in 2012 and as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015.
  • Yang’s central campaign platform is a Universal Basic Income in which every American adult would be paid $1,000 per month by the government. Yang says this money is necessary as more workers are expected to lose their jobs to automation.
  • Parents immigrated from Taiwan in the 1960s, but met in graduate school in the U.S.

Sources: CNN; Ballotpedia; Yang campaign website; Venture For America; Wall Street Journal; The White House; Fast Company

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