Thousands of employees lined up outside of Tencent’s Shenzhen headquarters upon returning to work yesterday to receive a hongbao from the tech giant’s founder Pony Ma Huateng. The amount of cash stuffed inside? In some cases, a paltry 10 yuan.
It’s common for company bosses to hand out cash-filled hongbao, or red envelopes, for special occasions such as the Chinese New Year. Although these particular packets only contained anywhere from 10 to 100 yuan, workers patiently waited in a line that wound around building to get their hands on one, merely because they were receiving it personally from Ma.
“Many of us waited for a long time in line to get a red envelope from Ma because we don’t always get to see him in the office, and it’s nice to do it at the start of the New Year,” one employee was quoted as saying in an SCMP report.
Ma handed out around 5,000 hongbao all together, which might explain why they weren’t all stuffed with bills. But we are talking about Tencent, one of China’s biggest internet firms. Ma himself has a net worth of around 16.9 billion USD.
Then again, Jack Ma, founder of Tencent rival Alibaba and Asia’s
richest second richest person, gave his employees ZILCH for the Lunar New Year holiday, so Pony Ma, we salute you.
On the eve of the lunar new year, 1.01 billion virtual hongbao were exchanged by users on Tencent’s WeChat, China’s most popular mobile messaging service.
[via Straits Times// Images: Weibo]