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Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd., attends China IT Summit at Wuzhou Guest House on March 25, 2018 in Shenzhen, China.VCG/Getty Images
Pony Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd., attends China IT Summit at Wuzhou Guest House on March 25, 2018 in Shenzhen, China., VCG/Getty Images
  • Title
    Founder and CEO
  • Affiliation
    Tencent

Compared with others in China’s boisterous tech scene, Ma keeps a low profile. But his influence has gone global thanks to WeChat, Tencent’s billion-member instant messaging service. WeChat is the epitome of the super-app model, a single interface through which users can pay bills, order food, book tickets, play games, and more. And rivals, including Facebook, are now adapting to emulate its success.

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