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Huateng MA

Primary Position:
Chairman
Primary Company:
Tencent Holdings
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $22.4 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
45
Birthday:
29 October 1971
Religion:
Unknown
Nationality:
China
Hometown:
Shantou, Guangdong, China
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

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
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
1989
End Date:
1993
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Interesting Facts

Tencent Holdings reportedly planned to invest $1.6 billion to set up e-commerce and internet finance companies in Shenzhen, China's Qianhai economic zone, in December 2013.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

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: 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: Technology - Computers
Description: Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Shenzhen University in 1993.

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Philanthropy

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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