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     Robin Li (simplified Chinese: 李彦宏; traditional Chinese: 李彥宏) was born on November 17, 1968 , Robin is a Chinese Internet entrepreneur. Robin co-founded the China's most popular search engine Baidu, and he is now ranked as the second richest man in China with a net worth of US$ 6.9 billion.

Li studied information management at Peking University and the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. In 2000 he founded Baidu with Eric Xu . He has been the CEO of Baidu since January 2004.

Li was born in the city of Yangquan in Shanxi Province, China, and this is where he spent most of his childhood. Both of his parents worked in the factory. Li was the fourth of five children, and the only boy among the five girls.

Li was admitted by Yangquan First High School by achieving the second highest grades in the entrance exam. In high school, Li enjoyed computer classes and he is said to participate in many programming competitions in the city. In 1987, Li participated in China's National Higher Education Entrance Examination and achieved the highest score among all examinees in Yangquan. Subsequently, he enrolled at Peking University where he studied information management and earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

In the fall of 1991, Li went to the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in the U.S. to study for a doctoral degree in computer science. He received his Master of Science degree in 1994 after deciding not to continue with the PhD.


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While a graduate at the University at Buffalo, Robin co-founded Baidu; an internet company that offers many services, including a Chinese language-search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including Baidu Baike, an online collaboratively built encyclopedia, and a searchable, keyword-based discussion forum


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