Too many celebrities have the title of “most influential” just because they’re famous. They start little crappy businesses that sell crappy products, and their fans buy that stuff just because they’re fans. It takes a unique individual to start a company that actually means something to someone.
Richard Liu Qiangdong is not a social media celebrity or a movie star or music artist or anything like that. He’s a genius at building international e-commerce successes. Not too long ago, Richard Liu Qiangdong was still living in an impoverished region of China. He had a plan to grow up and work in politics; he even attended a university because of its elite political ties.
When his grandmother fell ill and his family couldn’t afford her treatment, he began working as a freelance code writer. Earning that much money and being his own boss made him rethink political choice. After earning a sociology degree, he enrolled in the China Europe International Business School and earned an EMBA.
With some of his freelance money and some family loans, he bought a restaurant in college and tried his luck at entrepreneurship. The restaurant failed miserably and left him in debt, but he learned the importance of dedication and determination.
Eventually, he founded JD.com, of which he’s currently CEO. JD.com is his biggest success and one of China’s largest online companies. He sells billions of products to over 300 million customers throughout China and more all around the world.
He’s won numerous awards and been recognized dozens of times for his outstanding excellence in business and influence. In 2011, he received the “2011 Chinese Economic Person of the Year” award, an award given to him by CCTV. He’s also been named “2012 Chinese Business Leader” and “2012 Chinese Businessman.”
His excellence in business also gets him invited to world-class forums all over the world. He attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. There, he talked to an audience about the challenges he faced when launching JD.com.
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