Li Yanhong, a.k.a Robin Li, is the co-founder of China’s most-used web search engine Baidu.com.When his company went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2005, its value quadrupled within 24 hours. But Li hadn’t always been of such success. Thirty-seven years earlier, we has born into a family of factory workers on the outskirts of Beijing. He won admission to China’s most prestigious university, Peking University and eventually studied in the United States at the University at Buffalo in upstate New York.
While Larry Page and Sergey Brin were starting Google, he was working on search algorithms for Dow Jones and eventually started his own company, Baidu, in 2000 with a fellow Chinese student he met in Buffalo, Eric Xu. When Google left China two years ago, Baidu was already dominating Chinese-language searches worldwide.