Huawei versus the world

While controversy over the supposed cosy links with Beijing has dogged Huawei's global expansion plans, the success of the telco gear giant is closely linked to the strong individualistic streak of its founder Ren Zhengfei.

In the 1990s, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei visited the United States several times, hoping to learn from its leaders of industry about how to turn his Chinese telecoms equipment maker into a global company. On one trip in 1992, in the days before China had credit cards, he paid all his bills with cash from a $30,000 stash in his briefcase.

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