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. ...Contact us to see more Biography
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In June 2014, Tencent Holdings reportedly agreed to buy a 19.9% stake in Chaoyang, China-based classified advertisements website 58.com for around $736 million to strengthen its online content as it planned to compete with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Finance - Investment
Description: Rumored to have accumulated Tencent Holdings' seed capital through stock market investments. He also served as a Venture Partner at ePlanet Capital.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Politics
Description: Was a Representative Member of the 5th Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress; and is a Member of the 12th National People's Congress.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Family
Description: Ma was supported by his family members during the early stages of Tencent Holdings. Ma's father, Chenshu Ma, assisted Ma with the financial and accounting aspects while his mother, Huiqing Huang, registered Tencent Holdings for Ma and became its Corporate Representative.
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.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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