Founder and Chief Investment Officer, YK Asset Management
Yao King is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of YKAM, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York City. He was most recently Global Head of Program Trading, Americas Head of PT, ETFs, and CRB Trading, and Managing Director at Deutsche Bank where he oversaw one of the firm’s largest businesses and a multi-billion dollar global book of risk. Previously, he spent time in derivatives trading and as Head of North America Risk Program Trading, where he revolutionized the risk-taking capabilities and generated record profits for his businesses. Before his tenure at Deutsche Bank, he was Head of ETF Trading at Citadel Securities.
Yao studied Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, the highest award presented by the Institute in recognition of excellent achievements in citizenship and devotion to the welfare of the MIT community.
Yao’s philanthropic interests extend from supporting the arts to the underprivileged to social issues and representation. He built and led the #GoldOpen movement on the East Coast, a non-profit venture of Gold House that supports diversity in media both in front of and behind the camera, and also produces the annual Asian Comedy Fest (ACF) in NYC. He also attended the French Culinary Institute and enjoys cooking and managing his small farm using sustainable, regenerative agricultural practices.
Recent awards include being named to the Committee of 100's Next Generation Leaders (C100, 2022), and A100 Most Impactful AAPIs in Culture (GoldHouse, 2020).