Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Harvard Business School, Sports Illustrated, and other major media.
He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. Institutional investors of ONE Championship include Sequoia Capital, Temasek Holdings, and Mission Holdings. Forbes recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. Sityodtong was also most recently named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. He has also been featured as the cover story for magazines such as Inc, Tatler, Playboy, CEO, Wealth, The Peak, MillionaireAsia, and more.
A motivational speaker and guest lecturer, Sityodtong is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools. He is also a perennial keynote speaker at the world’s top business conferences such as Forbes Global CEO Conference, Milken Institute Asia Summit, Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards, Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit, Forbes Next Tycoons Conference, CNBC Millennial 20/20 Summit, TEDx, Slush, All That Matters, RISE Conference, Mumbrella, and others. He has also given motivational business talks at Fortune 500 companies such as Citigroup, Bloomberg, Fidelity Investments, DentsuAegis, etc as well as at institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Singapore Management University, Vienna University of Technology, and others.
Sityodtong plays an active leadership role in the community. He donates a meaningful amount of his time, money, and resources to Boys Town Home (Singapore’s home for orphans and troubled kids), Singapore Children’s Society (an organization focused on helping underprivileged children), and Children’s Cancer Foundation (a charity dedicated to helping children with cancer). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Project Sunshine, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world dedicated to terminally-ill children with HIV and cancer. Sityodtong’s most important global humanitarian initiative is ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, the world’s largest NGO of its kind, to end extreme poverty and gender inequality.
With over 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, an instructor, and a coach, Sityodtong is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under the legendary Kru Yodtong Senanan of the world-renowned Sityodtong Camp in Thailand. He also holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.