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Huateng MA

Primary Position:
Chairman
Primary Company:
Tencent Holdings
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $24.1 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
44
Birthday:
29 October 1971
Religion:
Unknown
Nationality:
China
Hometown:
Shantou, Guangdong, China
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

Ma was born in 1971 in Shantou, a city in Guangdong, China. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1993. Upon graduation, he began his career as a Software Engineer in a telecommunication services provider, China Motion Telecom Development. He was soon promoted as Head of Development, and was in charge of research and development of internet paging systems. In November 1998, Ma co-founded Tencent Holdings, and launched instant messaging software, QQ (formerly known as OICQ), in February 1999. ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Shenzhen University
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
1989
End Date:
1993
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Interesting Facts

In March 2014, Tencent Holdings agreed to buy a 15% stake in Beijing, China-based e-commerce company JD.com for around $214 million and also the transfer certain assets of Tencent Holdings, including its logistics business and e-commerce sites to JD.com. The partnership appears to be Tencent Holding's strategic move to compete with Alibaba.com.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philanthropy
Description: Tencent Holdings launched the Tencent Charity Foundation in 2006, which primarily supports education, community and disaster relief. Ma has said, "For enterprises, social responsibility is a necessary obligation". Ma also serves as Vice Chairman at Ai You Foundation; and is a Council Member at One Foundation. Reportedly donated $23 million in 2012.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Games
Description: Tencent Holdings has launched various online games since 2004, including Journey to the Fairyland, QQ Tang, QQ HUAXIA, Hero Island, World of Fantasy and Dragon Power.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Science - Astronomy
Description: Passionate about astronomy since he was a child; Ma had ambitions of becoming a great Astronomer.

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Philanthropy

Giving Profile: Ma is a Major Donor and Vice Chairman at Ai You Foundation, a non-profit organization providing healthcare to children with congenital heart disease, including AIDS orphans, and disabled children in need of rehabilitation. Ma's giving to Ai You Foundation remains undisclosed. Besides that, Ma is a Council Member at One Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on disaster relief, children's welfare and philanthropy development. Tencent Holdings, where Ma is Chairman, established the Tencent Charity Foundation in 2006, which primarily supports education, community and disaster relief. In November 2007, the Foundation gave $140,000 to establish the Tencent Scholarship at the Shenzhen Middle School. Since May 2007, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.5 million for the construction of 31 schools across China. In August 2010, Tencent Charity Foundation gave $700,000 to Zhouqu, China landslide victims. The Foundation also donated $3 million in April 2010, to Qinghai, China earthquake victims. Ma reportedly donated $23 million in 2013. In April 2016, Ma pledged to donate 100 million shares of Tencent Holdings, worth more than $2 billion to a new personal charity fund.

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