John Chen

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John Chen’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

John Chen

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Place Of Birth

Hong Kong, USA


67 years old

Birth Date

July 01, 1955

Star Sign


John Chen Facts

Child Star?




Education & Qualifications


Net Worth

$1 million

Current Partner

Sherry Hsi Chen



Chinese Year

Year of the Sheep

About John Chen

John S. Chen is a Hong Kong-born American magnate who is the present chief executive officer and executive chairman of Blackberry Ltd.

On July 1, 1955, John S. Chen was born in British Hong Kong. Chen's family moved to the US when he was five years old.

Chen had a master's and bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Before becoming Blackberry's chief executive officer and executive chairman, Chen held many executive positions. He served as the chief executive officer and president of a software vendor primarily dealing with data management, analytics, and mobility technology called Sybase. In addition, Chen was on Wells Fargo & Company and Walt Disney Channel Company's boards and held stock holdings in both companies. Due to his expertise, he was appointed by Chen to be a member of the President's Export Council in 2005 by then-president George W. Bush. Furthermore, Chen was a member of the New York Stock Exchange's advisory committee. As of 2022, he serves as the chief executive chairman and chief executive officer of Blackberry. He is credited with revitalizing Blackberry.

John Chen Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is John Chen's net worth?

John Chen has amassed a net worth of approximately $1 million by serving as chief executive officer and executive chairman of Blackberry and other executive positions.

How much does John Chen earn per year?

John Chen has not disclosed information about his annual earnings.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is John Chen?

The actual height of John Chen is unavailable.

How old is John Chen?

John Chen was born on July 1, 1955, and is 67 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

John S. Chen was born in Hong Kong. Chen completed his studies at La Salle College in Hong Kong before moving to the United States. He went to Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Chen graduated with a magna cum laude in electrical engineering from Brown University. In 1979, he did his master's in the same discipline at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Chen started his IT career by working at Unisys Corporation in Pennsylvania.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is John Chen's partner?

John Chen's partner is Sherry Hsi Chen. The couple has four children, whose information is unknown.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Chen started his career as a design engineer at Unisys and eventually became vice president and general manager of the Convergent UNIX Systems Group.

In 1991, Chen served as executive vice president of Pyramid Technology Corporation. Then he was elected the president, a director, and chief operating officer in 1993.

In 1995, Chen became Siemens Nixdorf's vice president. He was elected president and chief executive officer in 1996.

In 1998, Chen joined Sybase as its chief executive officer. He and his team reinvented Sybase as a facilitator of the unwired enterprise, which led the company to become a highly profitable software producer for a mobile device worth $6 billion in 2010. The company gained strong financial performance and shareholder returns under him.

In November 2013, Chen joined Blackberry Ltd. as its executive chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He is accountable for the strategic direction, association, and administrative objectives of Blackberry. Chen is known for saving and transforming Blackberry. Now, Blackberry specializes in cybersecurity.

Chen served as Walt Disney Company's board director from 2004- 2019 and at Wells Fargo& Company from 2006 -2018. He has stock holdings in both firms worth millions of dollars.

Chen has served as a board member of CIT Group and various High Tech startups such as Niku Corporation and Turbolinux US. He was also the New York Stock Exchange's listing advisory committee member.

Charity Work

John Chen makes donations to children's organizations and creates scholarships for students from rural China, the Chang-Lin Tien Centre, and the University of California, Berkeley.

What awards has John Chen won?

Since 1997, Chen has been a member of the Committee of 100 (C-100) Organization of Extraordinary Chinese Americans as an invited member. In 2003, Chen was bestowed with the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal by his alma mater.

Chen was bestowed awards by the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, US-Asia Institute in 2009, and the California-Asia Business Council in 2007.

Shanghai University granted Chen an honorary professorship. He also received honorary doctorates from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the City University of Hong Kong, and San Jose State University.

Other Interesting John Chen Facts And Trivia

  • Forbes magazine listed John Chen among the Top 25 Notable Chinese-Americans in Business.
  • In 2007, Chen was designated the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Chen's sun sign is cancer.
  • John Chen (chairman and CEO of Blackberry) was nominated among the recipients of the Top 100 Innovation CEO Award in December 2021.

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