|Ding Lei (William Ding)
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
|Occupation||Founder & CEO, NetEase|
|Net worth||US$1.1 billion|
Ding Lei (Chinese: 丁磊; pinyin: Dīng Lěi; born October, 1971), also known as William Ding, is the founder and CEO of NetEase. He made significant contributions to the development of computer networks in mainland China. He was the wealthiest man in China at one point.
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 Forbes as of 2007, his net worth is estimated to be US $1.1 billion.