Lei Jun

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Lei Jun
Born (1969-12-07) 7 December 1969 (age 53)
Xiantao, Hubei, China
Alma materWuhan University (1991)[1][2]
Occupation(s)Co-founder & CEO of Xiaomi[2]
Chairman of Kingsoft
Chairman of UCWeb Inc.[2]
Chairman of YY.com[2]
Chairman of Shunwei Capital
Known forCo-founder of Xiaomi[2]
Board member ofKingsoft
SpouseZhang Tong (张彤)
WebsiteLei Jun's Weibo Page
Lei Jun
Simplified Chinese雷军
Traditional Chinese雷軍

Lei Jun (born 16 December 1969) is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is known for founding the consumer electronics company Xiaomi. As of October 2022, Lei Jun's net worth was estimated at either US$8.1 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him the 203rd richest person in the world,[3] or at $7.5 billion by Forbes, ranking him 265th worldwide.[1]


Lei Jun was born on 7 December 1969 in Xiantao, in the underdeveloped countryside of Hubei. Both of his parents were teachers, which was a disgraced profession after the Cultural Revolution;[4] his father made $7 per month.[5] As a child, he was interested in electronics and liked disassembling and re-assembling radios, which was encouraged by his father.[6] He made the first electric lamp in his village using two batteries, a bulb, a self-made wooden box, and some wires.[7]

In 1987, he graduated from Mianyang Middle School (沔阳中学; now Xiantao Middle School) and began attending Wuhan University, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science in 1991.[2] During his last year of college, he founded his first company, Gundugoms. He also studied profusely and excelled at school.

In 1992, Lei joined Kingsoft as an engineer. He became the CEO of the company in 1998 and led it towards an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007. On 20 December 2007, he resigned as president and CEO of Kingsoft for "health reasons".[8]

In 2000, Lei founded Joyo.com, an online bookstore, which he sold for US$75 million to Amazon.com in 2004.[9]

In 2005, Lei made a $1 million investment in YY; those shares were worth $129 million when the company became a public company via an initial public offering in 2012.[10]

In 2008, he became a chairman of UCWeb.[11]

In 2010, Mr. Lei founded Xiaomi with multiple partners, including former Google executive Lin Bin. Xiaomi sells a wide range of electronics but focuses specifically on smartphones, which are similarly priced substantially below competitors and thrive in the Chinese market. By 2014, the company was valued at more than $46 billion, becoming the most valuable technology company in the world at launch. In April 2014, Xiaomi demonstrated the power of its brand by selling 2.1 million smartphones online in just 12 hours, setting a world record for the most cell phones sold in a single day on a single online platform. The company was also the first in the world to be launched on the Internet, with the most significant number of smartphones sold in a single day on a single online platform.[1]

In 2011, he co-founded Shunwei Capital (Chinese: 顺为资本), an investment company, via which he invests in companies in the e-commerce, social networking, and mobile industries.[12]

In 2011, he rejoined Kingsoft as chairman.[8]

In 2013, Lei Jun was appointed a delegate of the National People's Congress.[13]

Personal life[edit]

They have two children.[1] As of 2016, he spoke very little English and spoke to the media via a translator.[14]


By 2017, Lei had donated $1 billion to charity, starting with a ¥140,000 donation in 1997 to his alma mater, Wuhan University. He later made donations to Zhuhai Charity, an organization that funds schools for migrants, the villagers of Yangchun for the renovation of schools and mudbrick houses and construction of cultural buildings, the victims of the 2013 Lushan earthquake, and was a participant in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[15]

In 2021, he donated over $2.2 billion worth of Xiaomi shares to charity.[16]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2014, Lei was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes.[17]

In 2015, Lei was named to the Time 100.[18]

In 2019, Lei was recognized as an "Outstanding Builder of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics".[19]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "LEI JUN". Xiaomi.
  3. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Lei Jun". Bloomberg L.P.
  4. ^ Lucas, Louise (22 June 2018). "Lei Jun hits another wall in bid to take Xiaomi public". Financial Times.
  5. ^ CAMBELL, CHARLIE (12 July 2018). "Lei Jun Wants to Be india's Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump's Trade War Is Getting In His Way". Time.
  6. ^ "Lei Jun, Founder Of Xiaomi, Might Just Be 'China's Steve Jobs'". HuffPost. Reuters. 7 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Childhood stories of the top 5 Chinese tech bosses". Yahoo!. 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Chinese Billionaire Lei Jun's Long, Twisting Road At Kingsoft". Forbes. 19 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Amazon.com to Acquire Joyo.com Limited" (Press release). Amazon.com. 19 August 2004.
  10. ^ He, Laura (27 November 2012). "Chinese Billionaire Lei Jun Sees Hundred-fold Return After YY IPO". Forbes.
  11. ^ "Alibaba, UCWeb Team Up In Mobile Search". Forbes. 28 April 2014. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Here's why Xiaomi is China's most important tech company". Tech In Asia. 19 December 2014. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015.
  13. ^ "In communist China, CEOs acquire more political clout". The Economic Times. 17 March 2013.
  14. ^ ROWAN, DAVID (3 March 2016). "Xiaomi's $45bn formula for success (and no, it's not 'copy Apple')". Wired.
  15. ^ Onawole, Habeeb (26 April 2017). "Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO and Billionaire Hero Gets Honored". Gizmo China.
  16. ^ Flannery, Russell (3 November 2021). "China's Tech Tycoons Spread The Wealth As Beijing Pushes For 'Common Prosperity'". Forbes.
  17. ^ "Forbes Asia Names Lei Jun As Businessman Of The Year In 2014". Forbes. 4 December 2014. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017.
  18. ^ Beech, Hannah (16 April 2015). "Lei Jun". Time.
  19. ^ Strumpf, Dan (5 March 2021). "U.S. Blacklisted China's Xiaomi Because of Award Given to Its Founder". The Wall Street Journal.

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