|Joseph Tsai Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Year of Birth||1964|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Joseph Tsai is a Taiwanese-Hong Kongese-Canadian businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist who is best known as the co-founder and executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in e-commerce, retail, internet, and technology. He is the second-largest individual shareholder of the group. He also owns/co-owns multiple sports teams including the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA (National Basketball Association); the New York Liberty in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association); and the San Diego Seals and the Las Vegas Desert Dogs in the NLL (National Lacrosse League). Joseph has served as the chairman of an organization called J Tsai Sports which has made investments in an upstart field lacrosse league (known as Premier Lacrosse League) and several other sports media and technology companies based in North America and Asia.
Joseph Tsai was born in the year 1964.
Taipei City, Taiwan
He splits his time between –
- Hong Kong
- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
He holds triple nationality.
Joseph had attended The Lawrenceville School, a coeducational preparatory school for boarding and day students in Mercer County, New Jersey. He played both lacrosse and American football there. After his high school graduation in 1982, he enrolled at his father’s alma mater, Yale University, a private research university in New Haven, Connecticut.
He played for the university’s lacrosse team for 4 years and has remained its supporter ever since. He earned a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale College, the undergraduate college of Yale University, in 1986.
He joined Yale Law School, the law school of Yale University, in 1987. In 1990, he graduated from there with a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree. At Yale Law School, he was the articles editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, a biannual student-run law review covering the intersection of law and policy.
Businessman, Lawyer, Philanthropist
- Father – Paul C. Tsai (Lawyer) (d. 2013)
- Mother – Ruby Tsai
- Siblings – Eva Tsai (Younger Sister), Vivian Tsai (Younger Sister), Benjamin Tsai (Younger Brother)
- Others – Dr. De Min Wu (Father-in-Law) (Professor of Economics), Chin-sha Wu (Mother-in-Law), Wu San-lien (Grandfather-in-Law) (Politician, the first elected mayor of Taipei City)
On January 17, 2023, Joseph Tsai had a net worth of $8.9 billion according to Forbes.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Joseph has dated –
- Clara Wu (1996-Present) – Joseph got married to American businesswoman, philanthropist, and criminal justice activist Clara Wu on October 4, 1996, in a ceremony held at Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan, New York City. They have 3 children together – 2 sons named Dash Tsai and Jacob Tsai, and a daughter named Alex Tsai.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Chinese descent.
- Slender frame
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Joseph Tsai Facts
- His parents and their families had escaped to Taiwan in 1949 as part of the Kuomintang exodus after the communists took over control of mainland China during the Chinese civil war.
- Joseph was born in Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, in 1964, and when he was 13 years old, he was sent to the United States to attend the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
- After graduating from Yale Law School in 1990, he became a tax associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, an American multinational law firm headquartered in New York City. He was admitted as an attorney to the New York bar in May 1991.
- After spending about 3 years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Joseph joined Rosecliff, Inc., a small management buyout firm based in New York, as its vice president and general counsel.
- In 1995, he moved to Hong Kong and joined the local office of Investor AB, a Swedish investment and de facto conglomerate holding company. He was tasked with looking after the company’s Asian private equity investments.
- It was in this role that Joseph first met Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Jack Ma, in 1999. Joseph was impressed with Jack’s idea of creating an international import and export marketplace and later that year, he joined Jack as a member of the founding team of the Alibaba Group.
- He has since served the group as its chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and founding board member, and has been credited with single-handedly setting up the group’s financial and legal structure. In May 2013, he became the group’s executive vice chairman.
- In March 2016, Joseph donated USD 30 million to Yale Law School, his alma mater, to support the work of its China Center. In June 2017, he and his wife donated to The Lawrenceville School, his high school. It was the single largest grant that the school had ever received.
- In 2017, he was honored with the ‘George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership’ award by Yale University.
- In March 2018, Joseph was a part of a group that made an unsuccessful bid to buy the Carolina Panthers, a professional American football team that competes in the NFL (National Football League), the highest professional level of American football in the world. He is an investor in Los Angeles FC, an American professional soccer team that competes in MLS (Major League Soccer), the sport’s highest level in the United States.
- In late March and early April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph and his wife donated 2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles, and 2,000 ventilators to the city of New York. In April 2020, they donated USD 1.6 million worth of medical supplies to hospitals in San Diego.
Featured Image by Joseph Tsai / Twitter