Huateng Ma

Ma Huateng

Before founding Tencent in 1998, Ma, 43, developed Internet paging systems at a Chinese telecom provider. Now, he has his own online communication tool: Tencent’s massively popular WeChat mobile messaging service, which has nearly 550 million users. Recent investments have been in games, online shopping and travel services, with the company expected to spend a further US$3.3 billion on acquisitions this year (according to data compiled by Bloomberg). The group’s mobile-ad and online gaming revenue is also projected to surge tremendously in 2016.