157: Chatri Sidyodtong: CEO of ONE Championship on his Origin Story & Overcoming Adversity

In this encore installment of Silicon Valley Insider, Keith Koo hosts an interview with Chatri Sidyodtong, Founder and CEO of ONE Championship, a global media platform headquartered in Singapore and the star of “The Apprentice ONE Championship Edition.”

As a 5-year old boy, Chatri’s mother told him “you will go help people” and that was something hard to fathom when he and his family were broke as he entered life at university.

Hear Chatri tell his story of inspiration and hope. From rags to riches is a familiar story but ensuring humility along the way makes Chatri a superhero.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chatri’s mother’s words of wisdom instilled in him a strong sense of purpose and determination.
  • Chatri’s journey from poverty to success is a testament to the power of hard work and perseverance.
  • Chatri is a true inspiration to us all, and his story is a reminder that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.


More about Chatri Sidyodtong

Chatri Sityodtong is a Thai-American entrepreneur, martial artist, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, a global sports media platform headquartered in Singapore.

In 1994, he graduated from Tufts University with a degree in economics. He then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999.

After graduating from Harvard, Sityodtong moved to Singapore and founded Evolve MMA in 2009. The academy quickly became one of the leading martial arts schools in the world, and Sityodtong was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Martial Arts” by Black Belt Magazine in 2013.

In 2011, Sityodtong founded ONE Championship with the goal of uniting the world’s martial arts under one banner. ONE Championship is now the largest global sports media platform in Asia, with a worldwide broadcast to over 170 countries. The organization has produced some of the biggest and most exciting fights in the history of martial arts, and Sityodtong has been praised for his vision and leadership.

Sityodtong is a passionate advocate for martial arts and its positive impact on society. He believes that martial arts can teach people discipline, respect, and self-confidence. He is also a strong supporter of global poverty alleviation and has donated millions of dollars to charity.

In 2022, Sityodtong was the host of The Apprentice Asia edition, a reality TV show in which 16 candidates competed for a job as his protégé at ONE Championship. The show was a huge success, and Sityodtong was praised for his charisma and leadership.

Sityodtong is a true pioneer in the world of martial arts. He has helped to make martial arts more accessible and popular than ever before, and he has inspired millions of people around the world to pursue their dreams.


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