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Pony Ma

Pony Ma

Born:

Pony Ma born as Ma Huateng is a Chinese Business Magnate, Investor, and CEO, founder of the Tencent born on October 29, 1971, Chaoyang, Shantou.

Family Background:

He is born to Ma Chenshu and Huang Huiqing. His father got a job as a port manager in Shenzhen.

Personal Life:

Ma Huateng is married to Wang Dan-ting. The couple has a daughter named Ma Manlin.

Education:

In 1989, He had enrolled in the Shenzhen University and had completed his graduation with  Bachelor of Science in computer science in 1993.

Career:

After completing his graduation, He started working at the telecommunications company named ‘China Motion Telecom Development’ (CMTD). ‘CMTD’ had been engaged in the supply of communication services and products, and Ma’s job in the company had been the development of software for pagers. By 1998, Ma Huateng had joined four of his friends and laid the foundation of the company named ‘Tencent’, The initial funding for which came via venture capitalists. When he thought about launching the first product, Ma remembered attending an event where ‘ICQ’, the world’s first instant-messaging service had been being launched. Despite the company not doing as good, the product had been an immediate hit with the Chinese people. Experiencing a substantial growth, The company looked for more investors to bear their operational costs. ‘Tencent’ had already dropped its teeth in the Chinese telecommunications market, but in order to show a profit and to avoid takeovers by bigger companies, the company expanded its operations. ‘QQ.Com’, The company’s own portal, had been launched in 2003. That had been viewed as ‘Tencent’s official foray into the online gaming market. In 2005, Ma had launched ‘Paipai.com’, a direct competitor to China’s biggest e-commerce platform, ‘Alibaba.com’. By then, ‘Tencent’ had become a huge force to figure with, in the field of internet gaming, e-commerce, media, entertainment, and instant messaging. Apart from running its own gaming group, ‘Tencent’ held major stakes in many other gaming companies, such as ‘Grinding Gear Games’, ‘Riot Games’, ‘Miniclip’, and ‘Supercell’.

Pony Ma

Unknown Facts:

  • Ma Huateng is his real name.
  • He is a publicly shy person.

Master Stroke:

  • In November 2017, He became the first Chinese businessman to be featured on ‘Forbes’s list of the top 10 richest men in the world.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 2015, He received the Innovative CEO of the Year award.
  • In 2018, He honored the ‘Most Powerful People in the World’ by “CEOWORLD Magazine”.
  • March 2018, Pony Ma is the richest man in China and the 14th-richest man in the world.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Pony Ma, Be Innovative, and always try to new things in your field.

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