Curiosity, connection, and creativity are essential parts of human nature, and harnessing those qualities into a marketable product has led to some of the biggest business successes in history. Few people understand this better than the mysterious Chinese billionaire, Zhang Yiming, founder of the world’s most valuable startup.
At just 38 years old, his company, ByteDance, has grown to a valuation of over $400 billion in the ten years since its inception, birthing several massively successful apps. The most well-known of these in the United States is TikTok, a platform that connects hundreds of millions of young adults and teens around the world. As of 2022, the popular app is reportedly the most visited site on the internet, beating out giants like Google and Facebook. Keep reading to learn how this unassuming entrepreneur became the king of the web.