Kevin Chou, an alumnus and founding CEO of the mobile gaming firm Kabam, says his experience as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business transformed his life. Now Chou and his wife, Dr. Connie Chen, have given up to $25 million to the Haas School to help other students follow in his path.
It is the largest personal gift to UC Berkeley by an alumnus under the age of 40. In recognition of the gift, the school will name its brand new academic building Connie & Kevin Chou Hall.
In an article posted today on the Berkeley Haas website, Chou says it is important to him to give back to the school early in his career to inspire current and future Haas students to become entrepreneurs.
“Beyond Yourself is a principle that really resonates with me today,” says Chou, referring to one of the four Haas defining principles. “I’m excited to be able to do this at this point in my career because I get to spend time with students and with Haas professors and other administrators, collaborating and helping them think about the new student space and the program.”
In a new video, also posted on the site, Chou and Chen talk about their strong belief in public education and why they made the gift.