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Four Chinese Execs Break Into Fortune’s 40 Under 40 Tech List

By Ding Yi / Sep 04, 2020 05:41 PM / Society & Culture

Four Chinese tech entrepreneurs have been ranked among the big names in Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list this year. The list honors the world’s most influential people under the age of 40 in various industries ranging from finance to entertainment.

On Thursday, the American magazine published the annual list’s 2020 version, which highlights a total of 200 people with 40 powerful people in five different categories – finance, technology, healthcare, government and politics, as well as media and entertainment – marking a break from the previous years when 40 heavyweights from all walks of life were named in a single list.

Fortune attributes the monumental change to 2020’s special situation where the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected every aspect of people’s lives and the way global businesses operate.

This year, the Chinese people named in the list’s technology category include Su Hua, cofounder and CEO of short video app Kuaishou; Cindy Mi, cofounder and CEO of online education firm VIPKid; Liu Yachao, cofounder and COO of TAL Education Group; and Wu Tian, corporate vice president of internet giant Baidu.

The industries where the four Chinese tech executives work saw explosive growth during the coronavirus outbreak which led to the shutdowns of many schools and kept many people indoors.

In addition to the tech entrepreneurs Yang Bing of Ant Group’s OceanBase was listed in the finance category, while Yang Luhan of Qihan Biotech and Ma Chun’e of Shukun Technologies made it in the healthcare category.

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Related: Alibaba’s Zhang Yong Tops 2020 Forbes China Best CEOs List

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