The History of YPO

1950 Ray Hickok founds the Young Presidents’ Organization in New York.
1951 YPO welcomes its first female member, Elsie Frankfort, president of Page Boy Fashions in Texas.
1956 Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover inducts YPO’s 100th member.
1960 YPO hosts its first University in Miami Beach, Florida.
1961 The Europe Chapter becomes the first chapter outside North America. Chapters in Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean follow.
1975 Forum is established by the Northern California Chapter.
1979 YPO elects its first non-North American International Chairman.
1985 YPO reaches more than 5,000 members.
1992 YPO founder Ray Hickok dies. The Hickok Award is created to recognize members who exemplify Ray Hickok’s legendary dedication to YPO.
1998 The MyYPO website is created as a way to connect members around the world online.
2000 YPO members celebrate YPO’s 50th year at an Anniversary Summit with notable speakers including Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan; Jack Welch, CEO of the General Electric Company; and Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
2001 YPO launches the “Renaissance @YPO” and begins to focus on three guiding principles: Connectivity, Diversity and Excellence.
2002 Powerful new networking tools and better ways of connecting online create an explosion of traffic on MyYPO.
2006 YPO admits its 10,000th member, from the Shanghai Chapter.
2007 YPO merges with WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) to create the premier lifelong leadership network. Membership grows to more than 16,000 members in 100 countries.
2008 YPO and WPO launch regional and international Forums designed to provide members, spouses and partners with a more culturally diverse Forum experience.
2009 YPO and WPO launch YPO Global Pulse, a quarterly economic confidence index designed to share member perspectives on the economy and provide insight into emerging business opportunities around the world.
YPO elects its first female international chairman.
2010 More than 1,500 YPO and WPO leaders convene for the Global Leadership Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
YPO launched its 60th anniversary celebration during the Summit.
2011 YPO launches a new public website ( at the Global Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado.

YPO hosts the annual Global Leadership Conference in Singapore. With more than 2,500 attendees, it is the largest event in the organization’s history, and is the first GLC to be hosted in Asia.
YPO announces an exclusive editorial partnership with CNBC and establishes "Chief Executive Networks" in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific to advise and inform CNBC’s audience and editorial leadership.