Yul Kwon was born in Queens, New York to parents who emigrated from South Korea. The family moved to the West Coast when he was six years old and he was raised in Concord, California. He attended high school at Northgate High in Walnut Creek, California, where he played varsity water polo and track and graduated valedictorian.
Kwon then attended Stanford University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in symbolic systems (theoretical computer science). While at Stanford, he received the James Lyons Award for Service, attended officer candidates school for the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Kwon went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.
Kwon has enjoyed a diverse career straddling both the private and public sectors in law, business and technology. He practiced a mix of litigation, appellate, transactional and regulatory work at several law firms. He also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, he worked as a legislative aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman in Washington, D.C., where he helped draft sections of the Homeland Security Bill and other technology-related legislation. Several years ago, Kwon decided to switch careers and become a management consultant at McKinsey. From there, he joined Google's business strategy group and most recently went back into consulting.
Kwon's favorite hobbies include politics, boxing, ultimate fighting and volunteering with kids. He describes himself as idealistic, compassionate and ambitious. He became passionate about creating awareness for more minority bone marrow donors in the U.S. after launching a major search to find a match for his best friend who was diagnosed with leukemia, but ultimately succumbed to the disease.
Kwon is a member of the Washington, D.C. and California State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Kwon currently resides in San Mateo, California. His birth date is February 14, 1975.
Scents: Shower-fresh smells
Board Games: Risk, Monopoly
Video Games: Car racing games, Fight Night II & III
Sports to Play: Biking, football, wants to try Ultimate Fighting
Sports Teams: San Francisco 49ers
Outdoor Activities: Hiking, surfing
TV Shows: Ultimate Fighter, 60 Minutes, Meet the Press, The Contender, Entourage, Firefly
Movies: Blade Runner, Before Sunset
Actors: Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn
Actresses: Keira Knightley, Sophie Marceau, Gong Li
Music: Electronica/trance and progressive house
Magazines: Time, US News & World Report, The Ring, BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New Yorker
Books/Authors: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein, Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Cereals: Quaker Oh's, Honey Nut Chex
Fruits: Watermelon, cherries, nectarine, clementine
Snack Foods: Pirate's Booty, Fruit Roll-Ups
Cookies: Oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip
Candy Bars: Snickers, Nestlé Crunch, M&M's
Alcoholic Drinks: No favorite
Non-Alcoholic: No favorite