Wen did his undergraduate and graduate studies in electronic engineering at the National Taiwan University.
In 1972 he and classmate Barry Lam, now chairman of Quanta Computer (the world’s largest made-to-order notebook computer maker), founded San Ai Electronics, which made simple electronic devices such as calculators. In 1973, Wen and Lam, along with another IT entrepreneur Rock Hsu, founded Kinpo Electronics, whose affiliate company, Compal, is now the world’s second largest made-to-order notebook PC maker. Together, the founding of these companies has helped promote Taiwan’s emergence as a global leader in electronic manufacturing.
In 1975 Wen and classmate Yeh Kuo-yi founded the Inventec Group, in which Wen served as president and vice chairman. Today, the Inventec Corporation has grown to become one of the world’s top computer manufacturers, making notebook computers, servers, and mobile devices, with major customers including Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Acer, Fujitsu, and Siemens. In addition, the company has become one of China’s largest exporters, with configuration and service centers in the United States, Europe, and Mexico and a workforce of over 23 000 employees.
Wen had a strong commitment not only to the economic development of China, but also to its intellectual development. In 1998 he founded the Tomorrow Studio as a trailblazing outfit with the aim of developing digital multimedia content, publishing works for both digital and print platforms, and as a way to cultivate writers, cartoonists, and other artists. In addition, Wen established himself as a prolific writer on a wide range of subjects, with written works covering everything from digital content to the economy and ways to improve one’s English skills.
Based on his personal encounters and work experience, his numerous publications include: Success with Wealth and Joy, Prospect, Taiwan Experience, The East Asian Financial Crisis, Leadership, Future of the Enterprise, Future of E-commerce, Develop Western China in 10 Years, and Facing the Tofflers: Provisioning the Future. Several of his works are published in English, Japanese, and Korean.