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Chen Yidan (陈一丹, born 1971), also known as Charles Chen, is a Chinese internet entrepreneur and philanthropist.

He is a co-founder of Tencent, founder of the Chen Yidan Charity Foundation and founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation.


Chen was born in Huizhou, Guangdong, and grew up in Shenzhen, Guangdong. He obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Shenzhen University and a master's degree in law from Nanjing University. [[CITE|-1|]]


In 1998, Ma Huateng, Zhang Zhidong, Xu Chenye, Chen Yidan, Zeng Liqing founded the internet holding company Tencent. Chen Yidan was the chief administrative officer (CAO) of Tencent, and was responsible for areas such as general administration, legal affairs, government relations, HR, and philanthropy. In 2006, Tencent inaugurated the Tencent Charity Foundation, which was led by Chen. [2] [3]

On March 21st, 2013, Tencent announced that co-founder and chief administrative officer Chen Yidan would retire and serve as the company's lifelong adviser.


In March 2013, Chen Yidan founded the Chen Yidan Charity Foundation.

On the 2016 China Philanthropy News Agency's China Charity List, Chen Yidan ranked at the top and on Beijing Normal University's China Philanthropy Research Institute's 2016 list, he ranked 2nd.

In May 2016, he donated HK$2.5 billion to set up the Yidan Prize.

In June 2017, he was the top entrant for China in Forbes' Asia's Philanthropy Heroes list.

In 2009 he invested in Wuhan College and became a school initiator.

In 2016, Chen launched the Yidan Prize. It's a US$7.6 million education prize that will be awarded to two recipients annually. One award is for excellence in education development and the other is for education research. Nominators can be government bodies, non-government organizations, professional associations or individual thought leaders. [[CITE|-1|]] [[CITE|-1|]] The new education prize is the biggest yet. Other prizes in this area include the Global Teacher Prize (US$1 million), the Broad Prize for Urban Education (US$1 million) and the WISE Prize for education (US$ 500,000). [[CITE|-1|]] The inaugural laureates for the Yidan Prize, Dr Carol Dweck and Vicky Colbert, were announced on September 19th, 2017. [[CITE|-1|]] [[CITE|-1|]] Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is the first winner of Yidan Prize. [2]

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