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Jun LEI

Primary Position:
Chairman
Primary Company:
Xiaomi
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $14.4 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
47
Birthday:
16 December 1969
Religion:
Unknown
Nationality:
China
Hometown:
Xiantao, Hubei, China
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

Lei, a native of Xiantao in China's Hubei province, was born in December 1969. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Wuhan University in 1991. He appears to have begun his career as an engineer at Kingsoft, a Chinese software company, in 1992. In 1998, Lei was named CEO of Kingsoft. He stepped down as CEO, Chief Technology Officer and President of the company in December 2007; re-designated from an Executive Director to a Non-Executive Director in August 2008, and was appointed as ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Wuhan University
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
 
End Date:
1991
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Interesting Facts

In November 2014, Xiaomi reportedly sought funds to boost the company's valuation to $50 billion. In the same month, the company invested in several businesses, including a $1 billion investment to expand their internet TV content; acquired a stake in Beijing, China-based internet television company, Youku Tudou as part of their new partnership to produce and distribute online video content and movies; and invested $300 million together with venture capital, Shunwei, in video streaming platform, iQiyi.com, a company backed by web service provider, Baidu.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Writing
Description: Co-authored the books, "Advanced DOS Programming" and "Advanced Windows Programming".

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Vehicles - Cars
Description: Reportedly likes the Tesla Motors electric car.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Business - Management
Description: Has served in executive roles at a number of technology companies.

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Philanthropy

Giving Profile: Lei gives primarily towards educational and health-related causes. In 2012, he donated approximately $1.6 million to his alma mater, Wuhan University, to set up the Lei Jun Scholarship Fund. The scholarship would contribute about $3,200 to each of 50 students annually from 2013 to 2022. In 2014, Lei donated about $1,600 to the ALS Association to support people with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He does not appear to have a family foundation.

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