Andrew Yang (born January 13, 1975) is an American entrepreneur and politician. The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang was born and raised in New York State. He attended Brown University and Columbia Law School. After law school, Yang worked at startups and nonprofits.
Yang unexpectedly became a prominent candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. His campaign largely focused on responding to the rapid development of automation. His signature policy was the "Freedom Dividend", a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month to every American adult as a response to job displacement by automation. Yang has been credited with popularizing the idea of universal basic income through his candidacy and activism.
News outlets described Yang as the most surprising candidate of the 2020 election cycle, going from a relative unknown to a major competitor in the race. Yang qualified for and participated in seven of the first eight Democratic debates. His supporters, informally known as the "Yang Gang", included several high-profile celebrities. Yang suspended his campaign on February 11, 2020, shortly after the New Hampshire primary. After his campaign ended, Yang joined CNN as a political commentator, announced the creation of the political nonprofit organization Humanity Forward, and ran in the 2021 New York City Democratic mayoral primary. Yang conceded the race shortly after the initial ranked choice votes were released, which placed him fourth.