In three decades, former People's Liberation Army (PLA) engineer Ren Zhengfei built one of China's biggest corporate empires, a multinational telecoms and consumer electronics giant that has become one of the nation's greatest success stories.
This year, it overtook Apple as the world's second-largest manufacturer of smartphones, trailing behind Samsung by 5 percentage points in market share. It is also the world's No. 1 in supplying telecommunications networking equipment, surpassing Ericsson in 2012.
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