Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan

August 22, 2019

Richard Liu Qiangdong: One of the World’s Greatest Leaders

Rarely, a business professional is accurately awarded for excellence. In most cases, the awards are given by no-name organizations that only hold sway in that respective industry. When people hear about Forbes naming someone something or Fortune, the awarded title or accommodation holds more weight in the mind of the average person.

Richard Liu Qiangdong has been named many things and won many awards for his excellence in e-commerce business. Richard Liu Qiangdong is founder and CEO of, one of the largest online companies in China. The massive platform recently outperformed Alibaba.

Before Richard Liu Qiangdong launched his online success, he ran numerous brick-and-mortar stores throughout Beijing. The original company name was Jingdong, a name he created by combining the last character of his name with the last character of one of his ex-girlfriend’s names. It’s kind of weird that he kept the company after they broke up, but he later changed it anyway., or Jingdong Mall, is a massive e-commerce marketplace that sells over a billion different items. Customers can get everything from simple office supplies to high-class imported Hungarian sweet wines. The most impressive aspect of ordering from is that most Chinese residents get their purchase in less than 24 hours of ordering.

Richard Liu Qiangdong is nationally and internationally recognized for his business brilliance. In 2011, he won two prestigious awards; one from CCTV and Fortune. He was named “2011 China Economic Person of the Year” and “2011 Chinese Business Leader.” The next year, he won Fortune China’s “2012 Chinese Businessman.”

With such a respected reputation, it’s no wonder why he’s invited to some of the grandest forums in the world. He enjoys traveling all over the world meeting new people and learning about their culture and integrating them into some way.

Recently, he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and shared some stories from the early years running and the physical stores before the SARS outbreak.

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