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Co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group has an unlikely educational background. Source: Shutterstock

Some of the most successful startups in the world today, valued up to billions of dollars, are based in Asia.

But who are the founders and what are their education backgrounds?

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Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab

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Tan graduated from the University of Bath with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and later from Harvard with an MBA.

Jack Ma, principal co-founder of China-based B2B marketplace site AliBaba

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Ma earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Hangzhou Teacher's Institute (currently known as Hangzhou Normal University).

Kalyan Krishnamurthy, founder and CEO of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart

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Kalyan holds an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Tao Li, founder of Android development and information services company Apus Group

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Li received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Zhengzhou University in 1998. He is currently undertaking a Finance EMBA at Tsinghua University.

Bhavish Aggarwal, founder of Indian ride-sharing company Olacabs

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Bhavish has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

William Tanuwijaya, founder of Indonesian e-commerce platform Tokopedia

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William studied at the Universitas Bina Nusantara (Binus) Jakarta.

Ferry Unardi, online travel and hotel booking company Traveloka

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Ferry completed his tertiary studies at Purdue University, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He then pursued an MBA at Harvard Business School, but dropped out later.


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