Duan Yongping

Duan Yongping (Chinese: 段永平; pinyin: Duàn Yǒngpíng; born 1961) is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur and electrical engineer. He is the founder of both the Subor Electronics Industry Corporation (also the former CEO), and BBK Electronics Group (also the current Chairman). Duan's net worth was estimated at $1.5 billion, according to the 2018 Hurun China Rich List.[1]

Duan Yongping
Born (1961-01-04) 4 January 1961 (age 62)
Alma materZhejiang University
Renmin University
OrganizationBBK Electronics
Known forOppo, Vivo, OnePlus, IQOO and Realme

Early life and educationEdit

Born on 10 March 1961 in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China, Duan entered Zhejiang University in 1978, majoring in wireless electronics engineering. After graduation, he became a teacher at the adult education center of the Beijing Radio Tube Factory (now BOE Technology). Later, he studied at Renmin University, where he majored in econometrics. He also studied in CEIBS as an EMBA student for two years.


In 1989, he joined a company in Zhongshan and became the CEO later. Within less than 6 years, he created a business empire with the brand Subor (Xiao Ba Wang, Chinese: 小霸王). In 1995, he left Subor and founded BBK Electronics.[1]

Duan was one of the founders and former CEO (1989-1995 in office) of Subor Electronics Industry Corporation. At the beginning, the company only had 20 workers including himself. They only had 3000 RMB cash but owed 2 million RMB debts. But after Duan's struggle, it quickly became top producer of the "learning computer" (Chinese: 学习机). It also produced video-game facilities, which made a profit of more than 200 million RMB during 1994–1995.[1]

Founding of BBKEdit

On 28 August 1995, Duan resigned from Subor, and founded BBK Electronics Industrial Group in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. Its main product was DVD players. It is a well-known brand in cell phone, telephone and stereo devices.[1]

From 2002 to 2004, he was the second largest individual shareholder (with more than 10% at peak) of NetEase after William Ding Lei.

Personal life and philanthropyEdit

Together with William Ding Lei, Duan donated US$40 million to Zhejiang University in September 2006. This is the biggest endowment in recent years for higher education in mainland China.[2]

In 2007, Duan spent US$620,100 to have lunch with Warren Buffett ("Power Lunch with Warren Buffett"), the money was donated to the Glide Foundation.[3][4] Due to his success in the stock market, and philanthropic activities, he has been called the "Chinese Buffett".[5]

Duan founded the Enlight Foundation in 2004.[6] It is run by his spouse Xin Liu, who is also the director and co-founder of Xinhe Foundation (previously Xinping Foundation) in China.[7][8]


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  5. ^ "段永平:从"步步高"老板到中国"巴菲特"-财经人物,中国富豪榜,段永平-北方网-时代财经". economy.enorth.com.cn. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  6. ^ "Enlight Foundation". InfluenceWatch. Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  7. ^ Korey, Eileen (14 December 2022). "A Gift to Create Agents of Change in Visual Storytelling". Syracuse University News. Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  8. ^ "Xin Liu". Stanford PACS. Retrieved 16 December 2022.