Meet TikTok’s Singaporean CEO, Chew Shou Zi, the Harvard graduate who even helped start Facebook
So who is he?
Chew Shou Zi is 39 years old, from Singapore, and has been speculated to maybe lead TikTok’s parent company to a blockbuster IPO.
TikTok and Chew did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this story.
Here’s a rundown on TikTok’s head honcho.
Chew worked for Facebook when it was still a start-up
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the University College London before heading to Harvard Business School for his MBA in 2010.
Chew met his now-wife, Vivian Kao, via email when they were both students at Harvard. They are “a couple who often finish each other’s sentences”, according to the school’s alumni page, and have two kids.
Chew was CFO of Xiaomi before joining ByteDance
He became Xiaomi’s international business president in 2019 too.
Before joining Xiaomi, Chew also worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for two years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He also worked at investment firm DST, founded by Russian IT billionaire Yuri Milner, for five years. It was during his time there in 2013 that he led a team that became early investors in ByteDance, as Business Chief Magazine and The Independent reported.
He’s both TikTok CEO and CFO of its parent company, ByteDance
Chew joined ByteDance’s C-suite first in March, the first person to fill the role of chief financial officer at the media giant.
Chew’s predecessor, Kevin Mayer, had left Walt Disney for the position in May 2020 and quit after three months as the company faced pressure from lawmakers over security risks.
Chew wants to buy a US$64 million home in Singapore
- Chew was CFO of Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi before joining TikTok’s parent company ByteDance under the same title
- Chew’s predecessor at the video-sharing app, Kevin Mayer, left after just three months – despite resigning from Disney for the position