Chinese internet entrepreneur Robin Li has an estimated net worth of $12 billion as of 2015, according to Forbes; putting him among the top 10 wealthiest people in mainland China after . This self-made billionaire is the co-founder and CEO of Baidu Inc., a Chinese web services company in Beijing, China.
Robin was born on 17 November 1968 in Yangquan, Shanxi, China. He studied information management at the Peking University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the university. He gained his Master of Science degree in 1994 from the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Robin Li joined IDD Information Services, a New Jersey division of Dow Jones and Company, where he helped develop a software program for the online edition of The Wall Street Journal. Later he joined IndoSeek, a search engine in Silicon Valley, as a senior engineer.
Li founded the Chinese web services company Baidu with Eric Xu in 2000. He has been the CEO of the company since 2004. Baidu was listed on NASDAQ in 2005. Today Baidu is the largest online search company in China. It has bolstered its wireless business through acquisitions.
The UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon appointed Li in 2014 as co-chair of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. He is married and has four children.