VIZIO’s William Wang on Succeeding in Business After a Near-Death Experience

September 30, 2010
By Alastair Goldfisher 

William Wang, CEO of flat screen TV maker Vizio, told me yesterday that he is an optimistic guy and strong willed.  No kidding. In 2000, Wang was one of 179 passengers and crew aboard Singapore Airlines 747, destined for Los Angeles, which took off on the wrong runway in Taiwan during a typhoon, struck excavators and other equipment at a construction site, and then broke in two. Wang survived while 83 passengers and crew members perished. Despite a bout of carbon-monoxide poisoning, Wang walked away. He then flew home the next day.

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