Richard Liu Qiangdong is the CEO of JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company. Richard Liu is also the richest man in Asia, with a net worth of $38 billion. He grew up on the outskirts of Beijing and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Liu received a bachelor’s degree in computer science before attending law school at Emory University in Atlanta.
Mr. Liu has brought JD from a small niche retailer to become a global player that sells everything from electronics to clothing and makeup. Richard Liu’s vast knowledge of e-commerce has allowed him to create an efficient, highly efficient and globally compliant supply chain for JD. He has used his experience and built a platform of capabilities, unlike any other company. Liu’s company is also the largest e-commerce site in China, taking up more than 40% of all sales from Chinese online stores.
Mr. Liu Qiangdong served as the director of JD’s supply chain management from 2000 to 2004 and as president from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, Mr. Liu was appointed CEO by Singapore-based South East Asia’s best international food conglomerate Ting Hsin International Holdings Ltd., one of the largest privately held companies in Asia with a market capitalization of over USD 6 billion.
Qiangdong is passionate about education and has been working to bring more Chinese students to the United States to get higher education at top universities. He has pledged USD 40 million towards the Tsinghua-Emory (T-Em) Global Partnership, launched in 2014 in partnership with Tsinghua University and Emory University on behalf of Liu.
The most ambitious of Mr. Liu’s goals is to create 1 million jobs in the US within 10 years. He has vowed to become the Steve Jobs of China and wants to show young Chinese that they can achieve whatever they want if they have the drive. He is a man of vision who will certainly build his empire into the largest in the world.
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