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Born in Sweden in the year 1926, Ingvar Kamprad (IKEA’s founder’s) entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 5. Belonging to a family which could not afford the basic necessities on a daily basis, Kamprad’s flair for business came to be when he sold matches to help out his family. Despite cracking a profit in this business early on, Kamprad wanted to try his hand at selling a wide range of things.

Progressing through the years, Kamprad started selling fish, pencils and Christmas decorations by the age of 10. However, like every successful story, Kamprad’s entrepreneur journey was cut short by the increasing popularity of Hitler. Heavily under the influence of a Nazi sympathetic grandmother, Ingvar joined a youth Nazi movement only to realise very quickly that it was perhaps the biggest mistake of his life.

The beginning of IKEA

Despite having such a brilliant flair for business, Kamprad had a major problem; he was dyslexic. A disorder like this was not heard of back then and for people to complete schooling at the time was a big deal! When Kamprad did the impossible at the age of 17, his father gave him some money as seed investment for his dream. This was the first round of funding ever received by IKEA!

With the money his father had given him, Kamprad started working on making his dream come true. IKEA did not sell furniture. The journey began with the sale of frames and small household items. Making the most of an untapped market, Kamprad started making profit from the very beginning.

It was not until the year 1956 that the world of furniture marketing was revolutionized. When Kamprad introduced a new cost cutting system in the form of flat packing, a new way of buying furniture was introduced to the people! The IKEA concept finally started taking shape and new products like POANG and the BILLY bookcase came to being in the market.

The IKEA expansion 

With IKEA growing so much, an increase in taxes was but inevitable. To counter the unfavourable taxes imposed by the Swedish government, Kamprad moved his family to Denmark. While most people thought this was a bad idea, the move turned to be a good thing for IKEA. Not only did the company expand to Denmark, it also moved to the United States, France and the United Kingdom.

With the arrival of other classic products like KLIPPAN, LACK and MOMENT, IKEA started to take the form of the IKEA of today. What made IKEA grow so much was that not only did they expand their stores across different locations, they also started developing products synonymous to the IKEA style.

IKEA’s growth through the years has shown that it takes a vision and dream to turn what you want to reality.

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Wharton Graduate Eric Tse Becomes Billionaire At 24

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Eric Tse, a Wharton graduate, was gifted $ 3.8 billion by his parents in the form of 2.7 billion shares of his parents’ company, Sino Biopharmaceutical Limited.

It was also reported along with the gift, Eric Tse was also promoted to the position of executive director at Sino Biopharmaceutical, after working at the Company for 1 year.  As the executive director, Eric Tse will have a salary of $ 498,000 annually plus bonuses.

Now, Forbes lists Eric Tse as the 546th richest person in the world.  Moreover, Bloomberg also reported the shares transferred to Eric Tse are equivalent to 21.45 % of the Company’s share capital. 

Tse Ping, Eric’s father, founded the billion dollar company Sino Biopharmaceutical in 2000 and serves as the CEO of the Company.  Cheung Ling Cheng, Eric Tse’s mother, also serves as the Vice Chairperson of Sino Biopharmaceutical. Theresa, Eric’s older sister, who is currently the Company’s Chairperson, owns 11 % of the Company. 

According to a statement released by Sino Biopharmaceutical, the shares were transferred to Eric Tse in an effort to refine the management of the Company and the inheritance of the family wealth.  The statement also added the board of directors believe the transfer of shares will not have any material impact on the business operations of the Company.

Eric Tse, who majored in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was also the co founder of the Penn Wharton China Summit.  The non profit organisation grew to become America’s largest student organized summit in China.

Despite the sudden increase in wealth, Tse expressed his wish of not wanting to participate in wealth ranking

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Huawei is the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunication equipment.  The Company was founded in 1987 by the 42 year old Ren Zhengfei.  Considered one of the world’s largest technology brands, Huawei was valued at $ 105.1 billion in 2018.  Here are a few unknown facts about this tech company.

Unknown facts about Huawei

1) Founder Ren Zhengfei came up with the name Huawei after coming across the phrase ‘Zhonghua youwei,’ which meant ‘China has promise.’ 

2) The name Huawei can be quite difficult for non Chinese people to pronounce.  Huawei is pronounced as ‘Waa wai,’ but Huawei’s pronunciation varies by countries.  This led the Company to launch a name recognition campaign, where they used “Wow way” to encourage a pronunciation closer to the actual one.

3) Huawei puts more focus on Research and Development (R and D,) with more than 40 % of the Company’s employees working in the R and D department. 

4) Huawei’s Ox Horn Campus is famous for its European style architecture.  Based in Guangdong, the R and D campus consists of 12 small ‘towns,’ modeled after famous European cities like Paris, Granada and Bruges.  The research buildings of every ‘town’ are a replica of popular castles, palaces and many more.

5) Huawei’s 5G tech played a big part in the world’s first remote brain surgery.  Dr. Ling Zhipei performed the brain surgery on a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  The surgeon operated on the patient, who was 3,000 km away from him, by manipulating surgical instruments with the help of a computer and 5G network.  After the success, Dr. Zhipei credited Huawei’s 5G technology for ensuring a nearly real time operation.

6) In the tech industry, Apple is considered a direct rival of Huawei.  However, this rivalry did not stop Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei from using Apple products.  Zhengfei considers Apple’s iPhone the best phone in the world and revealed his family prefers Apple’s products over Huawei’s.

 

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Peter Thiel is the co founder of PayPal and a well known venture capitalist.  Thiel is considered an independent thinker and one of the smartest entrepreneurs in  Silicon Valley by many. From investing in Facebook during its early days, to co founding a CIA backed project named Palantir Technologies, Thiel has done a lot of work which may surprise the world.  Here are some unknown facts about Peter Thiel.

Unknown facts about Peter Thiel

1) Despite having a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a law degree from Stanford University, Peter Thiel doesn’t believe in a university education and often encourages youngsters to drop out of college.  His foundation often gives funds of $ 100,000 to young entrepreneurs who are willing to drop out of school and work on their business ideas.

2) As an investor, Thiel likes to invest in eccentric projects and once invested a considerable amount in a project which worked on 3D printed meat.

3) Peter Thiel is the only entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Elections.

4) Peter Thiel was also an avid chess player and was given the designation of a master chess player by the United States Chess Federation. 

5) Apart from various eccentric projects, Thiel also supports and invested in anti aging research.  Thiel is funding various research projects which work toward increasing human healthspan, reversing age related decline and tackling neurodegenerative diseases through his non profit, Breakout Labs. 

6) Peter Thiel, along with Elon Musk and Max Levchin, was the executive producer of a satirical black comedy film, Thank You For Smoking (2005.) 

7) Peter Thiel believes human activities do not affect the climate.  Thiel calls himself a climate skeptic and considers the idea of human activity altering climate to be pseudoscience than actual science.

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