For building China's biggest ride-sharing business at breathtaking speed
Jean Liu is president of Didi Kuaidi (which roughly translates as “Beep Beep Fast Ride”), China’s largest ride-sharing and taxi-hailing business. Liu, who has a masters in computer science from Harvard University, is the daughter of the founder of Lenovo, Liu Chuanzhi. She worked for 12 years at Goldman Sachs before joining Didi Dache, which she quickly merged with Didi Kuaidi, its largest competitor. The merged company has grown quickly, from 700 employees to 5,000, while receiving major investments from venture capitalists and Chinese corporations like Alibaba and Tencent. In the battle against Uber for China's e-hail market, Liu has also engineered a number of remarkable partnerships, with companies like Singapore’s Grab, India’s Ola Cabs, and Lyft in the U.S.