Richard Liu Qiangdong is a reputable entrepreneur and he is the founder of JD.com. Richard has served as the company CEO and chairman since its inception in 2014.
Liu Qiangdong was born and raised in a remote village known as Chang’an, China’s Jiangsu province. The remote village lacked modern conveniences such as electricity and piped water. Although he was born to descendants of wealthy Chinese merchants, his family had lost everything and was doing odd jobs by the time he was being raised.
While his parents were working in rice fields, Richard Liu would look after his ageing grandmother. His grandmother taught him how to make great things with the little he had. Liu would help her to cook simple meals, mainly using corn and sweet potatoes.
Although his background limited his exposure, Richard had lofty goals. Seeing numerous racks of pork feeding freely in his village, he dreamt of being the village head – not to be smeared with all sorts of good names, but to ensure that everyone had a balanced meal.
Contrary to other children, Qiangdong did extraordinary things to feed his curiosity. One day, he led a group of primary school classmates to a nearby town, where they saw thrilling architecture and witnessed electricity working for the first time. During the school holiday, Richard toured the neighboring city, Nanjing, where he saw skyscrapers for the first time. These experiences made Liu realized how small the world is, and he aspired to travel to prominent places such as Paris, London, New York.
When Richard Liu was applying for a university, Liu targeted colleges in large cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Lucky, he secured a spot at the distinguished Renmin University, where he pursued sociology. While still pursuing his degree, Richard Liu Qiangdong taught himself computer programming. He also worked at a local business handwriting copies of documents and letters. His passion for computer programming later became a lucrative endeavor for him. See this page for additional information.
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