His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world through features about him on BBC, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg, and other media. At his lowest point, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong survived on $4 a day in the US and had to let his mother stay with him at his dorm room because she had nowhere else to go. Life was definitely not easy for Sityodtong.
As a child, he grew up in a loving, well-to-do home, but everything changed when his parents lost everything in the Asian Financial Crisis. Poverty ripped his family apart. When his father abandoned the family, Chatri, at a young age, had to pick up the pieces as the oldest son.
Chatri’s mother pushed him to apply and attend Harvard, even though they did not have the money for school fees or living expenses. But somehow, he made it through and finished his Harvard education. But the hardships only continued.
When Chatri moved to Silicon Valley after graduation, he, his mother, and co-workers slept on the office floor in sleeping bags since they could not afford actual furniture and much of the space had to be used for work, anyway. They also lived on $1.50 microwave meals for a long time.
But that didn’t bother Chatri at all because he was there for one purpose and that was to chase a crazy dream of launching his first startup. Through a combination of luck, perseverance, and determination, he pulled his family out of poverty. Along the way, he also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, helped to put his younger brother through school, bought his mom a home, provided for her financially, and became a successful self-made entrepreneur.
“Going through that suffering really taught me that I’m a fighter in life,” shares Sityodtong.
After having sold his first company and a stint working in Wall Street, Chatri still felt a sense of emptiness. In his search for meaning, he was led back to his first love–martial arts. That’s when it clicked that his mission in life was to unleash greatness in the world through the power of martial arts.
In 2011, Chatri started ONE Championship to celebrate Asia’s greatest cultural treasure and its deep-rooted Asian values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. As a lifelong martial artist, Chatri has always wanted the world to experience authentic martial arts from its birthplace.
Today, ONE is Asia’s largest billion dollar global sports media platform in history with a broadcast to 150+ countries around the world. Through the power of media and the magic of storytelling, ONE unleashes role models, celebrates values, ignites dreams, inspires nations, and changes the world.
Chatri continues his dream to make a difference in people’s lives through “The Apprentice: One Championship Edition.”
In what is said to be the toughest edition ever of the hit TV series, “The Apprentice,” 16 candidates were handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes competition involving business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.
“The Apprentice: One Championship Edition” is coming to Netflix subscribers in 150 countries beginning February 1, 2022.
Across 13 episodes, the popular format has been reimagined to test strength, character, and determination. Viewers will see World Champion athletes and top CEOs push the candidates to their breaking points.
“We are excited to share ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ with Netflix viewers all around the globe,” said Sityodtong.
The global candidates face off in a series of grueling physical tasks led by the world’s best martial artists, including Georges St-Pierre, Renzo Gracie, Sage Northcutt, Demetrious Johnson, and Angela Lee.
In the boardroom, their intellect is challenged by leading global CEOs, including Anthony Tan from Grab, Eric Yuan from Zoom, and Jeff Lawson from Twilio.
Viewers can follow their local candidates, who hail from Germany, Singapore, The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, India, Russia, the United States, New Zealand, Venezuela, and Thailand. The cultural diversity of the cast and the competitive nature of the candidates will deliver exciting action and drama to Netflx.
About the Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition:
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” invites 16 candidates handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes competition involving business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.
Special guest CEOs who join “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” include Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Grab CEO Anthony Tan, Zilingo CEO Ankiti Bose, Catcha Group CEO Patrick Grove, and Everise CEO Sudhir Agarwal.
Athletes that appearances on the show include martial arts legends Georges St-Pierre and Renzo Gracie, former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious Johnson, Indian Wrestling Champion Ritu Phogat, Karate World Champion Sage Northcutt, and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan.
“The Apprentice” is one of the biggest non-scripted reality television programs in history, judging the business skills of candidates who are competing for a job offer under a high-profile CEO.
About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world’s largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world’s best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia’s largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts across 150+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, TV5, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, MediaCorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.