- by Privy Editor
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer and Founder, VIZIO
Based in: Los Angeles
Last Education: University of Southern California
William Wang, founder and CEO of VIZIO, Inc., was born in Taiwan and moved to the US with his family at age 12. In 1986 he graduated from USC with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and took a tech support role in a rapidly expanding computer monitor company. At the time, the PC business was growing exponentially and William quickly rose to the head of marketing and sales. Confident that he could build a better monitor, he left to start MAG Innovision and later, Princeton Graphic Systems. These companies became successful by introducing many industry firsts in the CRT (cathode-ray tube) and later LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor business, but became so saddled with operations and cash-flow problems that William decided to sell both companies.