Andrew Yang was born January 13, 1975 in Schenectady, New York and is a first-generation American to his Taiwanese immigrant parents. Yang attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree in economics before attending Columbia Law School. After graduating law school, he became a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell but left after a year to launch Stargiving.com which ultimately failed in 2001.
He then worked in the healthcare industry for four years at a software startup, MMF Systems, Inc. He left to join Manhattan Prep, a small test preparation company. He became CEO in 2006 and expanded the company from five to 69 locations. In 2009, Kaplan purchased the company, and Yang began working on his own nonprofit fellowship program, Venture for America, in 2011. This program was made to create economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs.” The company would recruit top college grad to two-year programs where they would work and apprentice at startups in developing cities to help distribute talent across America rather than further crowding large cities.
Yang decided to run for president on November 6, 2017. His most significant proposal, The Freedom Dividend, is to implement universal basic income providing all Americans over 18 with $1,000 per month. The UBI would be paid for primarily by instituting a VAT of 10% and consolidating some welfare programs. Yang also supports Medicare-For-All, marijuana legalization, and many other interesting and unorthodox policies. As of March 11, 2019, Yang has received donations from 65,000 donors in at least 20 states qualifying him to participate in the first round of debates.
Andrew Yang is married to Evelyn Yang and has two young sons.
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