Robin Zeng is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and CEO of Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), the world’s largest producer of batteries for electric vehicles. He is also one of the richest people in China, with a net worth of over $40 billion.
Early Life and Education
Robin Zeng was born in 1968 in Ningde, a small city in the Fujian province of China. He grew up in a family of modest means and was the youngest of six children. His father was a chef and his mother was a factory worker.
Zeng’s passion for science and technology led him to study at the Ningde Normal School, where he excelled in physics and chemistry. After graduating in 1987, he went on to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Wuhan University of Technology, one of China’s top engineering schools.
Career and Achievements
After completing his degree, Zeng worked at a state-owned chemical company for two years before founding his own battery materials company in 1992. The company specialized in producing lithium-ion battery materials, which were still a relatively new technology at the time.
Zeng’s business acumen and technical expertise allowed the company to grow rapidly, and it soon became a major supplier to China’s emerging electric vehicle market. In 2011, Zeng founded CATL with a focus on producing batteries for electric vehicles.
Under Zeng’s leadership, CATL has become the world’s largest producer of batteries for electric vehicles, with a market share of over 25%. The company has partnerships with major automakers such as BMW, Volkswagen, and Tesla, and has invested heavily in research and development to stay at the forefront of battery technology.
In addition to his work at CATL, Zeng is also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a philanthropist who has donated millions of dollars to education and poverty alleviation in China.
Zeng is known for his low-key lifestyle and avoids the spotlight despite his immense wealth. He is married with two children and lives in Fujian, where he is involved in various philanthropic activities.
|Companies:||Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL)|
|Net Worth:||$40 billion|