China's best-known deliveryman
Updated: 2015-02-06 07:51
Courier Dou Liguo shares his story on the talk show I'm Speaker. Photo provided to China Daily
Courier Dou Liguo instantly became perhaps China's best-known deliveryman when he rang the New York Stock Exchange bell last September as a representative of the country's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
Dou and seven other ordinary people were invited to the event by Alibaba's CEO Ma Yun－aka Jack Ma. Ma became Asia's richest person following his company's initial public offering－the biggest in history.
Dou's participation in the historical moment brought countless motivational-speaking invitations from media and governments.
The 40-year-old has spent the last six months with a national tour schedule like a rock star's.
"I don't know how to express my thanks to Alibaba. But I also think Ma Yun should thank me because people associate me with his company after I rang the bell," he says.
"I have a happy family life with my wife and 8-year-old daughter. I have my own delivery company now. I don't known whether I can say my Chinese dream has come true."
The average monthly salary for a courier is about 3,000 to 5,000 yuan ($480-800). He founded his delivery company in 2013 after working as a courier for nine years.
He earned 2 million yuan over the past five years in Beijing. His company has about 40 employees, who make about 3,000 deliveries a day.