The Richest Of The Rich: Top 20 Tech Billionaires Of 2015

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13. Ma Huateng

Net worth: $16.1 billion

Ma Huateng, nicknamed "Pony" Ma, founded Tencent Inc., one of the largest Chinese Internet companies. The business offers Internet, mobile and telecommunications services, featuring WeChat and QQ instant messaging software platforms. The two services have north of 1 billion users combined.

In 1993, Huateng graduated from Shenzhen University in China. With a bachelor's degree in computer science. Huateng and his college friend, Zhang Zhidong, started Tencent in 1998, featuring a free instant messaging software similar to AOL instant messenger, which he later called QQ. Tencent sold shares to the public in Hong Kong in 2004 and is now China's largest Internet community. Forbes ranks Huateng as the 56th richest person in the world.

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