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Kai-Fu Lee (traditional Chinese: 李開復; simplified Chinese: 李开复; pinyin: Kāifù; born December 3, 1961) is a Taiwanese computer scientist, businessman, and writer. He is currently based in Beijing, China.

Lee developed a speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon University. He later worked as an executive, first at Apple, then SGI, Microsoft, and Google. He became the focus of a 2005 legal dispute between Google and Microsoft, his former employer, due to a one-year non-compete agreement that he signed with Microsoft in 2000 when he became its corporate vice president of interactive services.[1] One of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector, he was the founding director of Microsoft Research Asia, serving from 1998 to 2000; and president of Google China, serving from July 2005 through September 4, 2009. After resigning from his post, he founded Sinovation Ventures, a venture capital firm. He created a website, Wǒxuéwǎng (Chinese: 我学网; lit. 'I-Learn Web') dedicated to helping young Chinese people achieve in their studies and careers, and his "10 Letters to Chinese College Students" have spread widely on the web. He is one of the most followed micro-bloggers in China, in particular on Sina Weibo, where he has over 50 million followers.



Previous positions

  • Vice President, Google; President, Google Greater China, July 2005–September 4, 2009

  • Corporate Vice President, Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD), Microsoft Corp. 2000–July 2005[36]

  • Founder & Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia, China, 1998–2000

  • President, Cosmo Software, Multimedia software business unit of Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), 1999–2000

  • Vice President & General Manager, Web Products, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), 1998–1999

  • Vice President, Interactive Media Group, Apple Computer, 1997–1998

  • Director, Interactive Media, Advanced Technology Group, Apple Computer, 1994–1997

  • Manager, Speech & Language Technologies Group, Apple Computer, 1991–1994

  • Principal Speech Scientist, Apple Computer, 1990–1991

  • Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, July 1990

  • Research Computer Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988–1990[37]


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Columbia University, 1983


  • Chairman World Economic Forum's Global AI Council

  • Asia House Asian Business Leader 2018[38]

  • Fellow, IEEE (inducted 2002)

  • Member, Committee of 100

  • Time 100, 2013[39]

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Carnegie Mellon University[40]

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, City University of Hong Kong[40]


  • Kai-Fu Lee (September 25, 2018). AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 9781328546395. OCLC 1035622189.[3][4]

  • Be Your Personal Best (《做最好的自己》, published September 2005, People's Publishing House)

  • Making A World of Difference - Kai-Fu Lee Biography (《世界因你而不同》, published September 2009, China CITIC Press)

  • Seeing Life Through Death (《向死而生》, published July 2015, by China CITIC Press)

  • A Walk Into The Future (《与未来同行》, published October 2006, People's Publishing House)

  • To Student With Love (《一往情深》, published October 2007, People's Publishing House)

  • Weibo Changing Everything (《微博改变一切》, published February 2011, Beijing Xiron Books Co., Ltd)

  • Artificial Intelligence (《人工智能》, published May 2017, Beijing Xiron Books Co., Ltd)

  • AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future (with Chen Qiufan.《AI 2041:預見10個未來新世界》, published June 2021, Taiwan Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd)


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