Net worth: $4.9 billion
Robin Yanhong Li is the youngest self-made billionaire in our Asia's richest Entrepreneurs list.
The 44-year-old co-founded China's biggest online search engine, Baidu, with Eric Xu in 2000 after developing software for U.S. tech firms IDD and Infoseek in Silicon Valley. Li had earned a master's degree in computer science from the State University of New York, before setting on his entrepreneurial venture. The billionaire is currently the chairman and CEO of Baidu, which also offers other online services like mapping and encyclopedias.
Building on its success, Baidu was the first Chinese company to be listed on the Nasdaq 100 Index in 2007. Google's departure from the Chinese market in 2010, allowed Baidu to cement its position as the number one choice for Chinese language internet search services. That same year Li was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people for pioneering internet search in China. Baidu holds about 80 percent of China's online search market.
Li has a 16 percent stake in Baidu, which has a market cap of nearly $30 billion. His wealth also includes shares held by his wife, Melissa Ma.