Governor, Brooklyn Nets
Chairman, Barclays Center
Joe Tsai is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and chairman of BSE Global, which includes the Brooklyn Nets, the team’s home arena Barclays Center, the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and the Nets Gaming Crew of the NBA 2K League.
Tsai is also the owner of the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the San Diego Seals and Las Vegas Desert Dogs, professional indoor lacrosse teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Tsai’s sports investments include the Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies in North America, Europe and Asia.
Tsai is one of the co-founders of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China. He is a member of board of directors of the company and serves as its executive vice chairman. Tsai’s career at Alibaba Group spans over 22 years, during which he served as the company’s chief financial officer and oversaw strategic mergers, acquisitions and investments.
Tsai played high school football and lacrosse at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. In his freshman year at Yale, he walked on to the varsity lacrosse team and continued to play for four years. Tsai has been a consistent supporter of Yale men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Yale won the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in 2018 and was the runner-up in the Championship Final in 2019. In 2017, Tsai received the George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University, which honors alumni athletes for significant leadership contributions in their respective fields of work.
Through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, Tsai and his wife Clara Wu Tsai are active philanthropists supporting initiatives in education, research, criminal justice reform, economic mobility, the arts and humanitarian relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tsai is a founding board member of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), a non-profit launched in 2021 that provides resources to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to mobilize against hate and discrimination and build the infrastructure to improve AAPI advocacy, power and representation.
Tsai is a member of the J.P. Morgan International Council, EXOR Partners Council, and International Advisory Council of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is a trustee of The Lawrenceville School.
Prior to founding Alibaba Group, Tsai was a private equity investor with Investor AB of Sweden’s Wallenberg family. He is a graduate of Yale College (BA ’86) and Yale Law School (JD ’90), and practiced tax law as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 1990 to 1993.