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Huateng MA

Primary Position:
Primary Company:
Tencent Holdings
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $29.6 billion
Source of Wealth:
29 October 1971
Shantou, Guangdong, China
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Ma was born in 1971 in Shantou, 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 at 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. Over the years, Tencent ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Shenzhen University
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
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Interesting Facts

In June 2014, Tencent Holdings reportedly agreed to buy a 19.9% stake in Chaoyang, China-based classified advertisements website for around $736 million to strengthen its online content as it planned to compete with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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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: Science - Astronomy
Description: Passionate about astronomy since he was a child; Ma had ambitions of becoming a great Astronomer.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Internet
Description: Co-founded Tencent Holdings, which provides mass media, entertainment, internet, online advertising services.

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Giving Profile: Ma is the Vice Chairman of Ai You Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides healthcare to children with congenital heart disease, including AIDS orphans, and disabled children in need of rehabilitation. His giving to Ai You Foundation remains undisclosed. Besides that, he is a Council Member of One Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on disaster relief, children's welfare, and philanthropy development. Tencent Holdings, of which Ma is Chairman, established the Tencent Charity Foundation, which primarily supports education, community causes, 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. In April 2016, Ma pledged to donate 100 million shares of Tencent Holdings worth more than $2 billion to his personal charity fund, the Ma Huateng Global Foundation. In September 2016, he announced that Tencent Holdings would donate 2% of its annual profit to charity.

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