Peng Lei

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Peng Lei (Lucy Peng)
Native name
Born1972/1973 (age 45–46)[1]
Alma materZhejiang Gongshang University
OccupationCo-founder & CEO, Ant Financial
Chief people officer, Alibaba
Net worthUS$1.1 billion (November 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Sun Tongyu

Peng Lei (also Lucy Peng; Chinese: 彭蕾[2] born 1972/73) is a Chinese business executive and one of the founders of the Chinese e-commerce business group Alibaba Group. Peng is one of 21 self-made women billionaires in China.[3]


Peng earned a degree in business administration in 1994 from Hangzhou Institute of Commerce, which was later renamed as Zhejiang Gongshang University. Following her graduation, she taught at the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics for five years.[2] Peng quit teaching shortly after marrying, and with her husband (who would later run Taobao, Alibaba's eBay reminiscent marketplace) joined Jack Ma in founding Alibaba in September 1999.[4][5] They were one of the many husband and wife teams making up the 1/3rd ratio of women amongst Alibaba's founding partners that the company would later become positively praised for.[6]

Her early responsibilities with the company involved managing the HR department of Alibaba, which she herself created. During this period, one of her notable accomplishments is developing the "mom and pop" model at Alibaba, in which one "mom" focused on teamwork and motivation, while one "pop" handled performance assessments.[5]

From January 2010 to February 2013, Peng was the CEO of Alipay. Alipay became the most successful payment gateway within China under her management, expanding to over 800 million users as of 2014. As of the end of 2014, it was valued at around $60 billion.

In March 2013, Peng took over as CEO of Alibaba Small and Micro Financial Services.[4] There, she made significant progress in searching for innovations in the mobile payments system.[7]

In 2013, Peng's name was frequently floated by the Chinese press as a candidate for Alibaba's next CEO. However, another executive eventually got the job.[5]

In 2014, Peng founded Ant Financial Services in order to support small businesses. In September 2015, Alibaba and Ant Financial together took a combined 40% stake in Indian mobile wallet operator Paytm, placing Peng as a member of its board of directors[4][8] In 2016, Ant Financial broke the record for the world's largest private fundraising found for an internet company at $4.5 billion, placing the company at an approximately $60 billion valuation.[9]

She also served as chief people officer, the chief human resources officer for Alibaba Group for over 10 years.[10] In this position, she oversaw the approximately 35,000 employees under Alibaba.[11]

Peng became a billionaire in 2014 based on Alibaba's valuation prior to its record-setting IPO.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Three years after she began teaching, Peng married Sun Tongyu. She later divorced him for a short period, but then remarried him.[4]

Porter Erisman, in his 2012 documentary Crocodile in the Yangtze about Alibaba's early years, described Peng as "a funny and down-to-earth" leader.[5]


As of 2016, Peng was listed as the 35th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, #35 on their list of Power Women for 2016, and #17 on their list of Asia Power Women for 2016.[8][13]

In 2015, she was ranked as the third richest woman in the tech sector by Wealth-X, and the #11 Most Powerful Woman in Asia by Fortune.[11][14]


  1. ^ a b "Lucy Peng". Forbes. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Peng Lei, the frontrunner for Alibaba's next CEO". Want China Times. 17 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ Savchuk, Katia. "Meet The 195 Billionaire Newcomers Of 2017". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  4. ^ a b c d Mitra, Sounak (19 January 2015). "Alibaba co-founder Peng Lei set to join Paytm board". Business Standard. Business Standard. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Cendrowski, Scott (17 September 2014). "Alibaba's Maggie Wu and Lucy Peng: The dynamic duo behind the IPO". Fortune. Fortune. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ Timmons, Heather (8 May 2014). "Alibaba's gender diversity puts Silicon Valley to shame". Quartz. Quartz. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Alibaba Financial Arm to Boost Apps as China Net Users Go Mobile". Bloomberg. October 16, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Scott, Mary E. (6 April 2016). "Asia Power Women 2016". Forbes Asia. Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ Wu, Kane (25 April 2016). "Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion in Largest Private Tech Funding Round". The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Alibaba Financial Arm to Boost Apps as China Net Users Go Mobile". Bloomberg Technology. Bloomberg. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b "MPW Asia 2014". Fortune. Fortune. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  12. ^ Wu, Amanda (22 April 2015). "Top 5 Richest Women in World's Tech Sector". Women of China. Women of China. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  13. ^ "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Wealth-X Reveals: The Wealthiest Women In Tech". Wealth-X. Wealth-X. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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