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Tony Hsieh

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Tony Hsieh (/ˈʃ/ shay; Chinese: 謝家華; December 12, 1973 – November 27, 2020)[1][2] was an American businessman and venture capitalist. He retired as the CEO of the online shoe and clothing company Zappos in August 2020. He became CEO in 1999.[3]

Hsieh co-founded the Internet advertising network LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million.[4] He was born in Illinois, but raised in San Francisco, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

On November 18, 2020, Hsieh was injured in a house fire in New London, Connecticut while visiting family for Thanksgiving.[5] He was trapped in the basement during the fire.[6][7] He died a week later on November 27 at a Bridgeport hospital from his injuries, aged 46.[8][9]


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  1. Hsieh, Tony (2010). Delivering Happiness. ISBN 9780446563048. The first official party of 810 would be on Saturday, December 11, 1999. At midnight, I would turn twenty-six.
  2. Able, Kate. "Tony Hsieh, Zappos Luminary Who Revolutionized the Shoe Business, Dies at 46" Footwear News, November 27, 2020
  3. Abel, Katie; Abel, Katie (2020-08-24). "Exclusive: Visionary Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Is Stepping Down After 21 Years". Footwear News. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  4. Cf. Delivering Happiness book by Hsieh. "In 1996, I co-founded LinkExchange, which was sold to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million."
  5. "One person rescued from New London house fire, taken to hospital". fox61.com. 18 November 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  6. "Tony Hsieh, 'visionary' behind Zappos shoe retailer, dies aged 46". the Guardian. November 28, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  7. Perrett, Connor. "The fire that led to the death of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh occurred over a week before he succumbed to injuries". Insider. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  8. "Tony Hsieh dead at the age of 46 after being injured in house fire". Las Vegas Review-Journal. November 28, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  9. "Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies after New London house fire". Connecticut Post. November 28, 2020. Archived from the original on November 28, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.