Gold House Announces Annual A100 List of Influential Asians in American Culture

Just in time for AAPI Heritage Month, a collective of AAPI creatives and leaders, including  Bing Chen who I interviewed on the Southern Fried Asian podcast last year, known as Gold House have announced their second ever list of influential Asian and Asian American talent.

From actors and athletes to CEOs and political leaders, the A100 list demonstrates the role of the AAPI community in American society. Click here to check out the full list of 2019 honorees.

Check out the official press release below.

Los Angeles (May 1, 2019)  — Gold House, a collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders, announces its second annual A100 List to celebrate Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and their transformative contributions to society. The seminal 2019 List launches in collaboration with AARP which supports building and sustaining legacies. The online destination was developed with creative agency Barrel.

The unique and prestigious List honors 100 of the most esteemed and impactful Asians in media and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, technology, business, and social activism and politics from the past year. These trailblazers are illuminating the path to a future of more inclusion and diverse impact in high positions across various professional sectors.

Featured highlights of the A100 List include:

  • Creative Voices & Athletes

    • Awkwafina (Actress, Comedian, Musician)

    • BTS (Musician)

    • Darren Criss (Actor, Musician)

    • Hasan Minhaj (TV Personality, Comedian, Journalist)

    • Lilly Singh (Actress, TV Personality)

    • Lisa Ling (Journalist, TV Personality and Producer)

    • Marie Kondo (Author, TV Personality)

    • Jon M. Chu (Director)

    • Naomi Osaka (Tennis Player)

    • Nathan Chen (Figure Skater)

    • Sandra Oh (Actress)

    • Samin Nosrat (Chef, Author, TV Personality)

    • Phillip Lim (Designer)

    • Prabal Gurung (Designer)

  • Founders & Entrepreneurs:

    • Amanda Nguyen (CEO & Founder, Rise & Rise Justice Labs)

    • Chieh Huang (CEO & Founder, BOXED)

    • David Chang (Chef & TV Personality)

    • Jen Rubio (Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Away)

    • Katrina Lake (CEO & Founder, Stitch Fix)

    • Kevin Lin (Co-Founder, Twitch)

    • Maureen Fan (CEO & Co-Founder, Baobab Studios)

    • Nathaniel Ru (Co-Founder, Sweetgreen)

    • Shiva Rajaraman (Chief Product Officer, WeWork)

  • Leaders:

    • Albert Cheng (Co-Head of TV and COO, Amazon Studios)

    • Betty Liu (Executive Vice Chairman, New York Stock Exchange)

    • Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO, Uber)

    • Dhivya Suryadevara (CFO, General Motors)

    • Kamala Harris (U.S. Senator and 2020 Presidential Candidate)

    • Dr. Leana Wen (President, Planned Parenthood)

    • Mark Tatum (Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer, NBA)

    • Michelle Lee (Editor-in-Chief, Allure Magazine)

    • Raj Kapoor & Emily Nishi (Chief Strategy Officer and Chief People Officer, Lyft)

    • Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft)

    • Saikat Chakrabarti (Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

    • Sun Choee (Chief Product Officer, Lululemon)

    • Theresa Kang-Lowe (Partner, William Morris Endeavor)

The full List of this year’s Honorees and Selection Committee can be found at, on social media via #A100List, and below. Additionally, for the first time, Gold House is launching the A1, a vote among the A100 for the single most impactful Asian in culture from the last year. Votes may be submitted at until May 15, 2019; the A1 will be announced at the end of May.

“We know the world’s divided; when traditional institutions fail to unify us, it’s incumbent on our cultural leaders–founders, creative voices, nonprofit organizations, and businesses–to show us a brighter, more productive path. It’s always been this way: cultural shifts have always preceded policy changes. The A100 List embraces the pinnacles of integrative cultural achievement to unify not only the Asian diaspora but all communities.” Gold House spokesperson said.

According to a Nielsen report in 2018, AAPIs represent 7% of the total U.S. population and outpace the nation’s general population in income, educational attainment, and population growth. In fact, AAPIs not only experienced the most rapid population and buying power growth of any U.S. ethnicity, but also out-consume the general population in both traditional and new media. Gold House serves as a culmination of these facts to showcase and spread further awareness of AAPI’s broadening impact on consumerism, culture, and business.

Gold House is comprised of successfully-exited company founders, A-list creative voices, and C-suite leaders across media and entertainment, lifestyle, technology, and business. The Honorees were chosen through a rigorous selection process with a Selection Committee consisting of 20 of the country’s top Asian nonprofit organizations and a group of multicultural Icons.

“AARP is proud to partner with Gold House and support AAPI achievement in empowering the community,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “This partnership is the perfect fit because of our mutual understanding and appreciation for legacy- and community-building across generations. We’re so honored to celebrate this year’s A100 List of individuals who have committed themselves to uplifting the community, and inspiring others to give back and continue caring for one another.”

The full Selection Committee includes:

  • AAPI Icons:

    • Andrea Jung (CEO, Grameen America & Former CEO, Avon)

    • Apolo Anton Ohno (Most Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian In History)

    • Bill Imada (Chairman & Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group)

    • Dado & Maria Banatao (Inventor of the PC Chip)

    • Far East Movement (1st Asian Group to Top the Billboard Music Charts)

    • Janet Yang (Producer, Joy Luck Club)

    • Janice Min (WndrCo, former Chief Creative Officer of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Group)

    • Jerry Yang (Founder, Yahoo!)

    • Martin Yan (James Beard Award-Winning Chef)

    • Michelle Kwan (Most Decorated Figure Skater of All Time)

    • Steve Chen (Founder, YouTube)

  • AAPI Top Nonprofit Organizations:

    • Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM)

    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

    • Asian Pacific American Media Coalition

    • Apex for Youth

    • Asia Society

    • Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF)

    • Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA Silicon Valley)

    • Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE)

    • Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

    • Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)

    • Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)

    • East West Players

    • Indiaspora

    • Leaders Forum

    • LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.)

    • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

    • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

    • Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKal)

    • Visual Communications

  • Multicultural Leaders:

    • Forest Whitaker (Academy Award-Winning Actor & Producer)

    • Jeff Rosenthal (Founder, Summit)

    • Michael Seibel (Chief Executive Officer, Y-Combinator)

    • Tiffany R. Warren (Chairperson, ADCOLOR and Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom)

    • Rich Ross (Former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios & 1st Openly LGBTQ+ Hollywood Studio Chief)

    • Sarah Kate Ellis (Chief Executive Officer, GLAAD)

    • Susan Lyne (President & Managing Partner, BBG Ventures; Former Chairperson, Gilt Groupe)

The A100 Honorees will be celebrated in New York City where they will ring the NYSE Closing Bell® to herald in the List and Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month; in San Francisco at the Battery; and culminate in Los Angeles at The District by Hannah An.

Nominations for Gold House’s 2020 A100 List are open now at Discover more about Gold House and additional initiatives at

About Gold House
Gold House is an exclusive collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to systematically accelerating the Asian diaspora’s societal impact while enhancing the community’s cultural legacy. The collective is a nonprofit organization whose programs include networking Salons that forge new professional opportunities; investment vehicles like #GoldOpen that ensures Asian creative success; and the A100 List that celebrates historic Asian achievements. To learn more, visit or follow @GoldHouseCo on social media.

About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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