Frank Wang made his first drone in a Hong Kong dorm room in 2006. In 2015, he’s taken the category to new heights.
As founder and CEO of DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, he’s seen his flying robots map earthquake relief efforts, help farmers monitor fields and put to use on the sets of “Game Of Thrones” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He’s also seen one crash on the grounds of the White House, land on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office with tainted radioactive waste, and used to smuggle weapons into a London prison.
But Wang, 36, understands that technology problems can be overcome with technology solutions. His eyes are set squarely on the future benefits of unmanned flight. Meantime, DJI’s sales are flying toward $1 billion this year, doubling last year’s, and DJI’s valuation is approaching $10 billion, making Wang, 34, one of the world’s newest billionaires.
Talk about a high-flying year.