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William Ding

Founder and CEO, Netease
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Net worth 2018: $17.91 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Guangzhou, China
Country: China
BirthDay: 1 October 1971
Sigh: Scorpio
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
BIOGRAPHY

William Ding was bornon 1 October 1971 in Guangzhou, China, China, is Founder and CEO, Netease. William Ding is #70 in List Billionaires People In The World. Ding is the CEO of Netease, one of the world's largest online and mobile games businesses. Ding was China's richest man and its first Internet and gaming billionaire back in 2003. Netease's revenue rose by 67% in 2016 to $5.5 billion; the company trades on Nasdaq in the U.S.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$1.1 Billion

2010

$2.2 Billion

2011

$2.6 Billion

2012

$2.8 Billion

2013

$3 Billion

2014

$4.2 Billion

2015

$8.1 Billion

2016

$11.7 Billion

2017

$17.3 Billion

2018

$17.91 Billion

TIMELINE
Ding Lei (Chinese: 丁磊; pinyin: Dīng Lěi; born 1 October 1971), also known as William Ding, is the founder and CEO of 163.com (NetEase).Ding made significant contributions to the development of computer networks in mainland China. According to Forbes' China Rich List 2015 he is the 10th wealthiest person in China with an estimated fortune of $10.6 billion. In late 2016, Ding was looking into investing in the property sector, and travelled to Zimbabwe in December, and to the United Kingdom. Forbes ranked Ding as the wealthiest man in China in 2003. In 2017, Ding's fortune was estimated to be $17.2 billion, ranking at #52 on Forbes billionaires list.Ding Lei was born in Fenghua, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. He graduated from Chengdu College of Electronic Science and Technology (now University of Electronic Science and Technology of China) and obtained a bachelor's degree.After graduation he first worked in a local state department in Ningbo as an engineer, and then he went to Guangzhou and worked for Sybase there. He founded NetEase and became the richest individual in Chinese mainland in the year of 2003 (7.6 billion yuan). According to the Hurun Report 2013, his net worth is estimated to be $5.2 billion.In 2012, it was confirmed that Ding branched NetEase's activities out into pork production. The pig farm is centered around technology and environmental sustainability, and is not meant to become a major arm of the company.In May 2017, venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures, US-based Meituan-Dianping, and Alibaba competitor JD invested a total of US$23 million into the farm.
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