Richard Liu Qiangdong- The early life of an exceptional entrepreneur
Richard Liu Qiangdong is the founder and CEO of the JD.com, China’s leading e-commerce business. The company was recently valued at about $60 billion, according to Mr.Liu, in a recent interview, he held at the World Economic Forum. Liu is a self-made billionaire since he has made his wealth out of the business he has started. He is a genius entrepreneur who knows when to capitalize on the business opportunities available. Today, JD.com is home to over 100 million active shoppers. These are all results of the brilliant entrepreneurial ideas that Richard Liu has applied in the work of making this company better. JD.com is also utilizing cutting edge technologies that are making it easier for the company to deliver efficient and effective solutions to the customers.
Richard Liu Qiangdong was born in Jiangsu Province of China. He was born into a humble family that owned a coal-shipping company. The company was however very small and would not enable his parents to give the kind of life they could have wished for. However, although they never gave him anything else, they taught him the value of hard work and the importance of education. Liu went through primary and secondary level education successfully and later joined the People’s University of China University for a degree in sociology. Although he graduated with a bachelors in sociology, he had broadened his skills so much in the field of computer science. He wanted to broaden his knowledge so that he could be competitive in the job market.
Early employment and business
After graduating, Richard Liu, just like many other graduates, went to the job market in search of employment. His first employer was Japan Life, a health products company that sold natural supplements. In this company, Richard had the opportunity to parlay the skills he had gained in computer science. Due to his exceptional abilities, he was promoted several times until he was the Director of Computers in the company. In 1998, Richard Liu Qiangdong left Japan Life to concentrate on his entrepreneurial ambitions. This move marked one of the best decisions he has ever made. He was ready to tap his full potential and build what would become the largest e-commerce company in China.
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