Lili Luo

Cre­ator and pres­i­dent of Tri­bel­uga start-up ac­cel­er­a­tor

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Lili luo is the pres­i­dent and cre­ator of the Chengdu-based tech gi­ant Tri­bel­uga, which brings “trans­for­ma­tive tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to peo­ple”. Which means what, ex­actly?

“Well,” says Luo, “we’re sell­ing ro­bots to Chi­nese air­ports. With our al­lies in South Korea, we’re work­ing on sys­tems that will make you go, ‘Wow!’ — you won’t be­lieve your eyes.

“I own other busi­nesses too, of course. I have a game com­pany, a fash­ion com­pany and an ac­ces­sories com­pany. I’m ac­tu­ally go­ing to LA for two nights, be­cause the yacht show needs my sup­port — I like buy­ing yachts! Soon af­ter, I’ll pop over to War­saw to see in­vestors, and then Zurich be­fore a trip back home to see my mother in China — and then Hong Kong again.”

The suc­cess of her com­pa­nies means she’s been in the press a lot re­cently. “The Chi­nese media call me ‘en­tre­pre­neur sec­ond gen­er­a­tion’, a ti­tle that’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from ‘wealthy sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion’, which has neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions. I’m glad, be­cause I don’t want to be seen as a model of con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion, when I work very hard and head so many projects. I’m not some mind­less shopa­holic, but I’ve been told I have the IQ of a ge­nius.”

IQ aside, her EQ is equally fas­ci­nat­ing. Be­yond her pro­fes­sional life, Luo’s de­voted to im­prov­ing so­cial wel­fare and mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on so­ci­ety — she’s on the found­ing gen­eral coun­cil of a global al­liance of char­i­ties span­ning 18 coun­tries, and her char­ity work has so far de­liv­ered more 5,000 es­sen­tial surg­eries to chil­dren in Asia.

“I need to estab­lish my­self not through wealth, but prin­ci­ples and ethics,” she says. “My game, my rules, my fol­low­ers and my stan­dards, so of course I give back a lot. The more you give, the greater you shall re­ceive.”

One of a hand­ful of women head­ing tech cor­po­ra­tions, she’s of­ten the only fe­male in a room full of men, but she never lets her gen­der hin­der her. “I’ve not faced any dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause I am a woman — I work too hard not to be taken se­ri­ously,” she says. She has, how­ever, ob­served how dif­fer­ent men can be at the grand con­fer­ences she at­tends. “Men tend to be slightly more stub­born than women, but then I’m in tech­nol­ogy — I’m thank­ful for ro­bots! Ma­chines don’t care who’s in charge — and I’m in charge.”

“I need to estab­lish my­self not through wealth, but prin­ci­ples and ethics”

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