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Angel Au-Yeung is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a former staff writer for Forbes. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in California, the youngest of three sisters. She attended UC San Diego for her undergraduate studies as a cognitive neuroscience major and Columbia University for her graduate degree in journalism. She currently lives in San Francisco.

David Jeans is an investigative reporter for Forbes, where he covers the tech industry. He holds a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School and has reported for the Associated Press, the New York Times, and other publications. He grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives in New York City.


A Financial Times best business book of 2023 "Exceptional reporting...it should be mandatory reading for anyone who is interested in big tech."
--The New Yorker "Why didn't anyone force Hsieh into treatment? Au-Yeung and Jeans have performed a true service by trying to find out . . the material is compelling, with the gathering tension of a slow-motion disaster . . . riveting."
--The New York Times Book Review "In Wonder Boy, Angel Au-Yeung and David Jeans have delivered a heartbreaking and extraordinary account of a heartbreaking and extraordinary man. Tony Hsieh was an innovative business leader, but he was also frenetic, generous, difficult, and tormented. His rise and fall is a quintessential American tragedy--one that their thorough reporting captures movingly."
--Max Chafkin, author of The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power "Wonder Boy is a compelling and tragic story, but it's also more than that. The authors pose questions that reverberate beyond Hsieh's life."
--Air Mail "Wonder Boy is a captivating story about the combustible mixture of genius, ambition, ego, empathy, wealth and intoxicants in the turbocharged environment of the technology elite. Au-Yeung and Jeans bring us deep inside the world of Tony Hsieh in a way that is both revelatory and entertaining."
--Alec Ross, author of The Raging 2020s "Wonder Boy is so much more than a biography. Sure, it tells the story of Tony Hseih's life, but it's full of lessons for anyone interested in psychology, business, or social dynamics. Angel Au-Yeung and David Jeans approach their subject as investigative reporters, yet they remain full of empathy and compassion."
--Dan Alexander, author of White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business "Au-Yeung and Jeans's empathetic portrait is as enthralling as it is achingly sad, combining rich research with a propulsive novelistic style. Readers will have a hard time putting this down."
--Publishers Weekly, *starred review* "A somber rags-to-riches, genius-to-madness story...of entrepreneurial brilliance laid low."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Authors Au-Yeung and Jeans crafted [Tony Hsieh's] life story from 150 interviews and various other materials. This book tells of a boy who, from a young age, was obsessed with making money, becoming a young man who took Silicon Valley by storm...until his mysterious and untimely death. Readers will find his story captivating and inspiring."

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