Reclusive gaming billionaire to set up neuroscience university – China’s latest business and technology news

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Chen Tianqiao 陈天桥 is the founder of gaming company Shanda, which made him a billionaire at the age of 30. Bloomberg has published an interesting profile of him, which notes that he was “more prominent than Alibaba’s Jack Ma for much of the last decade — then he disappeared… dropping out of public view almost completely.” Chen now intends to set up a university in the U.S. based on what Bloomberg calls a concept that “is unusual to say the least: It will bring together academics in everything from neuroscience, biology and psychiatry to philosophy and divinity studies, and encourage them to work together.”