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Eschewing help from BAT to grow ByteDance, Zhang has solidified his reputation as an entrepreneur who stands his ground

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After ByteDance secured its pre-IPO financing in October 2018, it was valued at over US$75 billion, becoming one of the world’s most valuable startups. Its founder and CEO, Zhang Yiming, is currently worth US$16.2 billion. 
A software engineering graduate of Nankai University, Zhang started ByteDance in 2012 when he was 29 years old. He has since grown his company into an operator of a raft of platforms that enable users to create, consume and interact with content in multiple forms, including short video and news.
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