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Founder at Lenovo

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Chuanzhi Liu is the founder of Lenovo, the second largest computer maker in the world, and remains the paramount leader of the firm.

In 1996, Mr. Liu graduated from Xi’an Military Communication Engineering Institution (now named Xidian University) in 1966.

In 1966, Mr. Liu told his classmates that the revolution was a terrible idea and ended up being sent to a state-owned rice farm near Macau in Guangdong.Later, he was transferred to another rice farm in Hunan.

Mr. Liu returned to Beijing where he took up a post in 1970 as an engineer-administrator at the Computer Institute that had earlier developed the Number 104, Number 109, and Number 111 mainframe computers. Liu worked on the development of the Number 757 mainframe computer.

In 1984, Mr. Liu resigned to become a cadre in the Bureau of Personnel Chinese Academy of Sciences

In 1984, with other 10 colleagues of the Institute of Computing Technology and an initial capital of only RMB 200,000, Mr. Liu founded the New Technology Development Company, which was later named Legend.

In 2001, Mr. Liu was appointed as President of Legend.

In September, 2009, Mr. Liu served as the Chairman of Legend.

In November, 2011, Mr. Liu resigned as chairman from Legend.

In June of 2012, Liu stepped down as president of Legend and remained as the Director of the board. Owing to his vision and contributions, Mr. Liu has won a lot of honors and awards, including the First Prize of the ""Second National Hi-Tech Industry Pioneer Golden Award"", one of ""China's Outstanding Young Experts"", ""Man of Reform in China"", ""National Model Worker”, ""Asian Businessman of the Year"", ""Asian Star"", ""Businessman of the Year in China"" and Honors for Contribution for Sion-US Relations by The National Committee of US China Relations (NCUSCR).

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