Huateng Ma becomes the richest person in China
On 22 July, Licai Zhoubao, a famous wealth management media in China, released a ranking about Chinese most richest people. In this ranking, Tencent CEO, Huateng Ma for the first time becomes the richest person in China with 46.7 billion RMB(around $7.6 billion), his wealth was 35.4 billion RMB(around $5.76 billion) last year. That means his wealth increases 11.3 billion RMB($1.84 billion) in one year.
In 2012, Tencent Corp had a revenue of 43.9 billion RMB(around $7.15 billion), which increased by 54% compared to previous year. Its net profit was 12.7 billion RMB(around $2.07 billion), which increased by 24.8%. With the popularity of WeChat, Tencent is expected to gain more revenue in the future. Now Tencent has a market value of 455 billion RMB(around $74.09 billion), while in 2004, when Tencent went to public, it had only a few billions RMB.
Robin Li, Baidu CEO, ranked at the second place with 41.1 billion RMB(around $6.69 billion). From the list, we can find many richest people are from Internet industry.
On the same day, ironically Tencent's WeChat service was down for a few hours due to some hardware maintenance work in the city which cut the fiber connection WeChat's server. Later Tencent cooperated with related government departments repaired the infrastructure and now the service is back to normal.
WeChat is going to be Tencent's next big revenue generator, it also becomes its critical product for expanding Tencent;s international business. On 3 July, Tencent announced that WeChat owned 70 million users out of China. Hope the incident today will give a remind to Tencent that they should have a complete disaster recovery plan especially if they want to be truly international.