Born in Myanmar, Richard Cho immigrated with his family to the United States in 1968. Cho earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University before working as an engineer at Boeing from 1990 to 1995.
Cho returned to school to complete a law degree at Pepperdine University School of Law. During this time, he was hired as an intern for the Seattle SuperSonics, which would be the beginning of a new direction in his life. By 1997, Cho had earned the degree and was hired as the SuperSonics’ Director of Basketball Affairs.
In 2000, Cho was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the SuperSonics. Under his guidance for the next eight years, the SuperSonics made the playoffs twice, including advancing to the second round of playoffs in the 2004-2005 season. In 2008, the SuperSonics came under new ownership and became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cho relocated with the team, and helped design and implement an advanced player evaluation system, analyzing player statistics, scouting information, and contract details.
After a successful season with The Thunder, Cho was hired as the ninth general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010. One year later, Cho signed on as the General Manager of the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) and has the distinction of being the first Asian American general manager in NBA
Cho, his wife Julie and their two daughters reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.