Founded on January 1, 2000, Baidu is the world’s largest Chinese language Internet search provider, the largest knowledge and information centered Internet platform company in China, and a world-leading artificial intelligence (AI) platform company. Robin Li, Baidu’s co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, was awarded a U.S. patent for his development of the Rankdex site-scoring algorithm for search engine page rankings, making China one of only four countries in the world that has developed core search engine technology, along with the United States, Russia, and South Korea.