Pony Ma joined Breakthrough Prize sponsor

The Breakthrough Prize announced Ma Huateng Pony has joined. The founder and chairman of Tencent Holdings Limited will join as one of the sponsors in the organization that award the largest individual prizes and the highest achievements in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.

Ma Huateng Pony, also dubbed Pony Ma, will join Yuri Milner (DST Global) and Julia Milner, Sergey Brin (Alphabet), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Priscilla Chan (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative), and Anne Wojcicki (23andMe) to show their appreciation and support for the world's leading scientists.

Tinuku Pony Ma joined Breakthrough Prize sponsor

"Fundamental science is the foundation of technological advancement. I believe the Breakthrough Prize will strengthen the bridge within the global community of researchers and mathematicians who facilitate mutual sharing between East and West." Ma said.

Since 2012, the Breakthrough Prize has awarded nearly US$200 million in honor of transformative research. The award for 2018 will be announced at a gala ceremony at Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, December 3.

"Since its inception five years ago, the Breakthrough Prize has experienced considerable growth. Now that Pony Ma joins us as a sponsor, we have the opportunity to bring growth to the next level," said Breakthrough Prize founder Yuri Milner.

"We hope to see more nominations from Chinese scientists in the years ahead, along with greater visibility for the Breakthrough Prize among Chinese scientists at all stages of their career," Milner said.