A person among thousands of others who created a different meaning in people’s lives is Robin Li. He always believed in the fact of creating oneself. Apart from being a Chinese internet Entrepreneur, his more popularly known to people as the co-founder of Baidu, a popular Chinese search engine.
Robin was born on the 17th of November 1968 in Yangkuan, China. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Science from the Peking University, he joined the University at Buffalo and completed his masters from there in 1994. His career started to take a toll since then.
Li started serving at IDD information services as an online editor for The Wall Street Journal. He then worked on search engine algorithm improvement. While working with IDD, he developed page ranking algorithm search engine, Rankdex in 1996 which was awarded the US patent. Google was highly inspired by it. This is when the very concept of Baidu developed and he discontinued working with IDD in 1997.
Between 1997 and 1999, he worked at Infoseek. Along with a biochemistry doctor, Eric Xu, he co-founded Baidu in 2000. Soon he rose to become the company’s head in 2004, August. Baidu was introduced to NASDAQ in 2005. Right after this, Baidu’s shares increased to 350%. It was because of Baidu’s Voice and Image search options that a steep rise from $27 to $122 in Baidu’s shares was observed that finally took it to become the top search engine in China.
By 2010, Baidu was the top search engine in China with almost 10,000 employees. Robin Li has a net worth of $6 billion currently, according to Forbes. He is also one of the wealthiest men in China.
In 2006, the American Business Weekly honored him with Worlds Best Business Leader after he had been rewarded with ASEAN Youth by Chinese Economic Figure of the Year in 2005. As of now, this search engine ranks #5 in Alexa and has around 220 million page viewers per day.
Li is also chosen as the “Most Influential Business Leader in China” as well as “Best Business Leader” by Fortune and American Business Weekly. By 2010, Baidu became the “Google of China”. It enjoys its partnership with Qualcomm, Bosch and Continental. Recently, it has also started working in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Baidu also offers over 50 internet-related services as well as AI-based products to its consumers.
Li was included as one of the 15 Asian Scientists to Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011. In August 1994, the former United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon appointed Li as co-chairman of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
Baidu, publicly came up with its new version of Google Glass. Another working prototype called “Baidu Eye”, a wearable tech device was shown at the Baidu World Conference in Beijing and in April 2013, it was proved far more superior to Google’s head-mounted display.