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, 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 2.7 billion potential viewers across 150+ countries around the world. He is also the star of the latest edition of The Apprentice, the award-winning, global reality TV series. Forbes Magazine most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and Asia’s 2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports. He has been featured as the cover story for magazines such as Inc, Esquire, Playboy, Wealth, Tatler, The Peak, MillionaireAsia, CEO, Black Belt, and more.
A motivational speaker and guest lecturer, Sityodtong is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong is a perennial keynote speaker at the world’s top business conferences such as Forbes Global CEO Conference, Milken Institute, CNBC Asia Business Leaders, YPO Edge, Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), Cannes Lions, Forbes Next Tycoons Conference, Asian Leadership Conference, and others. He has also given motivational business talks at Fortune 500 companies such as Citigroup, Bloomberg, Fidelity Investments, UBS, Oracle, Dentsu Aegis Network, etc as well as at institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Singapore Management University, Vienna University of Technology, and others.
Sityodtong is also very active in philanthropy at both the global and local levels. 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). On the global stage, ONE Championship plays an active role with Global Citizen, a global social action platform aimed at solving the world’s biggest issues like poverty, gender inequality, education inequality, and much more.
Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame (Class of 2019) alongside legendary martial artists such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Demetrious Johnson, Georges St Pierre, and many others, Sityodtong has over 35 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, a teacher, and a coach. Sityodtong is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under the legendary Kru Yodtong Senanan of the world-renowned Sityodtong Gym in Thailand. He also holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.