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 ...Contact us to see more Biography
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- Wuhan University
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- Bachelor's degree
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Lei has invested in many start-ups and avoids exerting direct control over the companies. He said, "My investment logic is if I lose, take it as my support to innovation, if win, take it like a win in the gamble". As for his reasons for making investments, he said, "Because I like it, and because I want to show my thanks to investors who helped save Kingsoft", in reference to the period when the company was facing hard times, until it received financial support from Legend Holdings.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Business - Management
Description: Has served in executive roles at a number of technology companies.
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: Business - Entrepreneurship
Description: Has founded or invested in various technology companies.
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.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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