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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Founder, chairman and CEO, Tencent

Born: October 29, 1971, Chaoyang, Guangdong, China

Education: BS in computer science, Shenzhen University

Early Marker: Ran Internet paging R&D for China Motion Telecom (now Ground Properties).

Big Idea: QQ instant-messaging service made Tencent one of China's "Big Three" Internet companies; now expanding into e-commerce, virtual currency, information and entertainment services and mobile gaming.

Wave of the Future: M-economy

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