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About YPO


YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders.

Members of YPO are peers who share in common the achievement of success at an early age.

The Original Social Network

Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 24,000 peers and their families in more than 130 countries with access to unique educational and networking experiences designed to support their business, community and personal leadership.

Members of YPO are peers who share in common the achievement of success at an early age (before 45); a commitment to learning as a lifelong adventure; and a desire to connect authentically in an environment of trust and confidentiality.

At the age of 50, members transition to YPO’s graduate group, WPO (World Presidents’ Organization). WPO is a global community within YPO of current and former chief executives dedicated to enriching each member’s lifelong journey of leadership, growth and significance through education and idea exchange.

Peer Perspectives

Imad El-Khalil
Beirut, Lebanon
Member since 2000

“YPO is a gateway to interact with other members, other countries and other cultures.”

Mark Essle
São Paulo Area, Brazil
Member since 2001

“It’s amazing how YPO can build trust in the shorter period of time.”

Craig Kiggen
Durban, South Africa
Member since 2007

“Members only feel the true power of YPO when they partake in the organization”

With 5,000+ annual events and members from more than 130 countries, YPO is the largest global network of business leaders.

Breadth and Depth: YPO Networks by the Numbers

In Their Own Words

Irfan Pardesi
Johannesburg, South Africa
Member since 2014

Joelle Goudsmit
Manila, Philippines
Member since 2012

Gil Oved
Johannesburg, South Africa
Member since 2010

Members from around the world discuss the reasons they joined YPO.

Meet Our Members