As the founder of the entertainment giant Tencent, Ma Huateng (or Pony Ma, as he is better known) ranks as one of the richest people on the planet. Best known as the mastermind behind the WeChat messaging app and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Pony Ma is a man who knows how to turn an idea into cash. But despite its billions, it remains a mystery. While most of us are familiar with his creations, very few of us know anything about the man behind them. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about one of the richest men in China, you’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, here are ten things you didn’t know about Pony Ma.
1. I dreamed of being an astronomer
Pony Ma always dreamed big, even as a child, but his childhood dreams were a long way from where he would eventually end. As indianexpress.com points out, when Ma was young, he wanted nothing more than to be an astronomer. While his career as a computer engineer may seem like a world away, he has kept in touch with those childhood dreams through his investments in companies like Moon Express, Satellogic, and Planetary Resources, all of which are involved in space exploration. .
2. Pony Ma is not her real name
If you thought Pony Ma seemed like a bit of an unusual name, you would be correct. Ma’s birth name is actually Ma Huateng. Pony, which comes from her last name Ma (马). it means “horse” in English and is simply a nickname.
3. Has a degree in computer science.
Ma was born in Chaoyang District, Shantou, Guangdong on October 29, 1971. After graduating from high school, he earned a place at Shenzhen University in 1989. 4 years later, he left the university with a Bachelor of Science in computing.
4. Your first paycheck was for $ 176 a month.
He may be making billions now, but he wasn’t always like this. Ma’s first job after graduating from Shenzhen University was as a programmer at China Motion Telecom Development. Even by the standards of the time, his salary of $ 176 (Rs 12,891) per month was barely enough to keep bread and water on him. After leaving CMMobile, he got a job in the R&D department of Shenzhen Runxun Communications.
5. He is the mastermind behind Tencent
Shenzhen Runxun Communications was not enough to satiate Ma’s ambitions for long. In 1998, he left the company to co-found Tencent along with four former classmates. In 1999, the company launched its first product, OICO, after Ma was inspired by ICQ, the world’s first Internet instant messaging service. Since those early days, Tencent has grown into one of China’s largest internet and technology companies, not to mention one of the world’s largest investments, gaming and entertainment conglomerates. Along with creating China’s largest mobile instant messaging service, WeChat, it also ventured into media, entertainment, payment systems, smartphones, Internet-related services, value-added services, and online advertising services.
6. You have been compared to Warren Buffet.
If there’s one person you won’t mind being compared to, it’s Warren Buffet. With a net worth of $ 78.9 billion, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO is considered one of the most successful investors in the world. It was certainly a proud moment in Ma’s life, then, when Bloomberg named him the newest Warren Buffet in technology. Like Buffet, Ma sees himself as an “aggressive acquirer.” In addition to sharing Buffet-like investment philosophies, he is also known for keeping a low profile and making generous donations to various philanthropic causes… just like Buffet himself.
7. He’s a billionaire
Pony Ma is rich in the kind of way that is difficult to understand. According to Forbes, the business mogul is worth the grand sum of $ 61.6 billion, a fortune that has managed to earn him 20th place on the list of publishing billionaires, 2nd place on their 2019 China Rich list, 27th place on its Powerful People 2018, and number 8 in its richest in technology 2017.
8. He is a philanthropist
If there’s one thing mom loves more than anything else, it’s a good cause. Over the years, he has contributed generously to several worthy endeavors, becoming one of China’s most prolific (albeit secretive) philanthropists in the process. In 2016, he donated $ 2.3 billion from his personal Tencent shares to his charitable foundation, the Ma Huateng Global Foundation (马化腾 环球 基金会). However, as the stock still …