2019 Leadership in Philanthropy Award
The Asian Pacific Fund Annual Gala is a celebration of philanthropic leadership in the Bay Area. A special part of the evening is the presentation of our Leadership in Philanthropy Award. The award recognizes individuals who have attained great success in their field while also being a role model for giving back. This year we are thrilled to honor Kevin Chou.
Kevin is the founding CEO of Forte, a new blockchain venture in the games industry. Forte’s mission is to build a more collaborative future in gaming by realigning the economic relationship between players and developers.
Kevin also serves as the Chairman of Gen.G, an esports enterprise bridging Asia and North America. He was the founding CEO of Gen.G, which is the parent company of Seoul Dynasty in the Overwatch League, as well as the former 2017 League of Legends world champions Samsung Galaxy. Gen.G esports is Kevin’s second entrepreneurial venture.
Previously, Kevin was CEO and co-founder of Kabam, a top developer of mobile games. He led the company from business plan founding to over $400M in annual revenue serving over 500 million players. Kabam developed leading partnerships with Marvel, Star Wars, Fast & Furious, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games. Kabam was profitable from 2012 until the sale of the company’s studios, which in total generated nearly $1 billion in value.
Prior to founding Kabam, Kevin was a venture capitalist at the VC firm Canaan Partners investing in consumer internet and digital media.
Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the UC Berkeley undergraduate Haas School of Business program. He serves on the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley. He made Fortune’s 40 under 40 list in 2014 and was the youngest recipient of UC Berkeley’s Alumnus of the Year Award in 2019. In 2017, his gift of $25M was the largest ever made to UC Berkley for someone under 40.