Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo founded Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited in 1999, which became the largest online entertainment developer and publisher in China. The company has since transformed into a global private investment firm.
Like many people, the Chens have long been fascinated with scientific and philosophical questions related to the brain and mind so in late 2016, the couple created the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute and committed US $1 billion to help advance our fundamental understanding of the brain.
Through innovative collaborations with top global universities, the Institute focuses on three areas: brain discovery, treatment, and development. The Chen's gift to Caltech represents the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute's first major partnership at an institution in the United States.