Lei Jun (born 16 December 1969) is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded Xiaomi, one of the largest smartphone and consumer electronics companies in the world that in June 2018 raised US$4.72 billion after its listing at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Lei Jun during a keynote speech at the 10th anniversary of the founding of Xiaomi, 2020
|Alma mater||Wuhan University|
|Occupation||Co-founder & CEO of Xiaomi|
Chairman of Kingsoft
Chairman of UCWeb Inc.
Chairman of YY.com
|Known for||Founding Xiaomi|
|Net worth||US$21.6 billion (Aug 2020)|
|Board member of||Kingsoft|
|Spouse(s)||Zhang Tong (张彤)|
|Website||Lei Jun's Weibo|
Lei Jun was born on 16 December 1969 in Xiantao, Hubei. In 1987, he graduated from Mianyang Middle School (沔阳中学; now Xiantao Middle School) and began attending Wuhan University, where he completed all credits within two years and graduated with a BA in computer science. During his last year of college he started his first company.
In 1992, Lei joined Kingsoft as an engineer, becoming the CEO of the company in 1998 and leading it towards an IPO. On 20 December 2007, he resigned as president and CEO of Kingsoft for "health reasons".
After resigning from Kingsoft, Lei became a prolific angel investor in China, investing in over 20 companies including Vancl.com, UCWeb, and social platform YY. He continues to invest in companies in the e-commerce, social networking, and mobile industries through Shunwei Capital (Chinese: 顺为资本), an investment company for which he was a founding partner.
In 2010, Lei Jun founded Xiaomi, a technology company that manufactures smartphones, mobile apps, and other consumer electronics. His cofounders include Lin Bin (林斌), vice president of the Google China Institute of Engineering, Zhou Guangping (周光平), senior director of the Motorola Beijing R&D center, Liu De (刘德), department chair of the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Li Wanqiang (黎万强), general manager of Kingsoft Dictionary, Wong Kong-Kat (黄江吉), principal development manager, and Hong Feng (洪峰), senior product manager for Google China.
In 2011, he rejoined Kingsoft as chairman.
In 2013, Lei Jun was appointed a delegate of the National People's Congress.
Lei Jun's business activities have been recognized through multiple industry awards.
In 1998, he was named an honorary professor at Wuhan University, his alma mater, where there is also a scholarship in his name.
In 2012, he was selected by China Central Television (CCTV) as one of the top 10 business leaders of the year.
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