Yves Guillemot

Developer Biography

Yves Guillemot is the CEO of Ubisoft.

After completing his business studies, Yves launched out into the video games business with his four brothers and in 1986, at the age of 26, founded Ubi Soft Entertainment. At that point in time, Ubi Soft was a third party publishers' game distribution company.

Between 1989 and 1990, Yves set up the first subsidiaries outside France, first in the United Kingdom, then in the United States and Germany; the three countries which represented the largest video games market in the West. In 1994 the first integrated production studio was opened in France, aimed at producing high quality games within a limited time-scale. In 1996, the company was introduced on the Paris Stock Exchange and the two major production studios opened in Shanghai and Montreal.

In July 2000 Ubi Soft, still eager to expand, bought out Red Storm Entertainment, the game publisher holding the Tom Clancy license. In 2000 Yves became the overall production and distribution manager of Ubi Soft. Currently, he heads a company of more than 1700 employees that has become one of the world leaders in the video games business. The turnover for 1999-2000 exceeded FF 1 billion.

Besides his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer, Yves is a sailing and horse-riding enthusiast. He is married with three children, who are the harshest judges of Ubi Soft games.

Contributed by Jeanne (76599) on Feb 21, 2004. [revised by : Unicorn Lynx (181365)].