Jack Ma

Jack Ma Yun, born in 1964, is a famous Chinese Internet entrepreneur and founder of Alibaba, Taobao and Alipay, three of China's leading e-commerce firms. 

From Zuckerberg's Chinese to Lei Jun's English: tech leaders busy learning foreign languages

Mark Zuckerberg spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing in Putonghua. Photo: AP

Tech industry leaders from Silicon Valley to Beijing have at least one shared hobby – learning a foreign language as soon as possible – whether it be Putonghua for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or English for Xiaomi’s Lei Jun.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 5:04pm

Pay with a selfie? Alibaba's Jack Ma debuts face-recognition payment tech

Alibaba's new technology will allow users to 'pay with a selfie'. Photo: AFP

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is developing a technology that will allow users to pay for goods and services by taking a photo of their face. 

The technology was unveiled during a speech by company founder Jack Ma Yun at the CeBit conference in Hannover, Germany, where Ma was the headline speaker. 

21 Apr 2015 - 11:32am 9 comments

Dust-ups with regulator leave Jack Ma feeling 'wronged'

Jack Ma says he felt "puzzled" by recent controversies surrounding his company. Photo: Bloomberg

Jack Ma Yun, chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said he "felt wronged" amid the controversies that have embroiled his company recently.

12 Feb 2015 - 5:57am 3 comments

Alibaba will let West ‘better understand its business’ through US class action suit: Jack Ma

Jack Ma points at a reporter for a question after a speech in Hong Kong on February 2, 2015. Photo: AP

Jack Ma speaks about the latest fake merchandise controversy facing Alibaba's Taobao unit, and his opinions on Hong Kong's young people and their politics.

3 Feb 2015 - 6:10pm 6 comments

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings

Jack Ma speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: Bloomberg

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

29 Jan 2015 - 5:20pm 27 comments

Alibaba quarterly results to show strong revenues, net profit modestly higher

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma stresses a point during a conference as the Chinese e-commerce giant is expected to report quarterly results this week in New York. Photo: Bloomberg

Jack Ma Yun will likely shine some light on Alibaba Group’s latest global expansion and entertainment initiatives on Thursday, after the e-commerce giant reports its earnings in the three months to December in the United States.

28 Jan 2015 - 12:40pm

Jack Ma’s money pledge alone may not be enough to lure Taiwan start-ups to mainland China

The Standard Chartered logo flies behind China's flag in Hong Kong's Central business district. The lender's shares fell on Monday on reports its CEO, Peter Sands, will be replaced by year end. Photo: Bloomberg

Taiwanese are looking with cautious interest at a proposal by billionaire Jack Ma, chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, to offer financial aid for the island’s young people to start businesses on the mainland.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:55pm

From 'superman' to 'big tiger', Li Ka-shing loses favour with Beijing

Li Ka-shing is no longer Beijing's favourite businessman in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

It's official. Li Ka-shing is no longer Beijing's favourite businessman in Hong Kong.

Just a week after Li, Hong Kong's richest man and widely believed to have particularly good relations with former president Jiang Zemin, announced an overhaul of his empire, including re-registering his two new flagship groups abroad, mainland media launched a new round of war of words on Li.

20 Jan 2015 - 10:03am 17 comments

China's second generation rich pose risks with 'quick money' thinking

Jack Ma's feat in overshadowing Li Ka-shing on Asia's rich list will resonate with many people, especially the younger generation on the mainland.

It's really been a season of changes. Early this month China was confirmed by the International Monetary Fund as having overtaken the United States as the world's No 1 economy.

15 Dec 2014 - 7:33am 2 comments

Alibaba's Jack Ma takes Li Ka-shing's crown as Asia's richest man

Tycoon Li Ka-shing (left) and Alibaba's Jack Ma. Photos: AP, Reuters

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has been replaced as Asia's richest man by a relative newcomer, Alibaba chief Jack Ma.

13 Dec 2014 - 1:29am 4 comments

Chinese race to be person of the year is about money, politics and freedom

President Xi Jinping, Jack Ma and Joshua Wong are now officially finalists for the Time's annual "Person of the Year" competition.

What do President Xi Jinping, Alibaba's Jack Ma Yun and Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung share in common?

1 Dec 2014 - 11:08am 5 comments

Jack Ma tests China concerns with Alibaba bond issue

Jack Ma Yun has tried to overcome criticism of Alibaba's corporate governance structure, which gives 30 individuals the ability to nominate a majority of the board.

Jack Ma Yun had to play down Alibaba Group Holding's China roots during a world-record initial public offering. Now he is due to test confidence in the state-dominated economy with Asia's biggest US dollar bond sale.

20 Nov 2014 - 6:07am

Internet boom boosts ranks of China's super rich

Jack Ma is now the mainland's richest person. Photo: AFP

The number of mainland millionaires is set to almost double in the next five years, outpacing other major emerging and developed economies, despite recent concerns over the country's slowing economic growth.

15 Oct 2014 - 8:49am 1 comment

Jack Ma is rewriting the rules of capitalism

Jack Ma has long insisted that the company's guiding principle is to put the customer first, employees second and shareholders third. Photo: AFP

It's official: the initial public offering last week of Alibaba Group now ranks as the world's largest IPO, having raised US$25 billion.

28 Sep 2014 - 6:03am 1 comment

Jack Ma displaces property tycoon to top China rich list

Alibaba's record breaking IPO has pushed founder Jack Ma into No1 spot on China's rich list. Photo: Bloomberg

Jack Ma Yun, the 50-year-old co-founder and chairman of mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba, has topped this year's Hurun China Rich List, with the number of US dollar billionaires on the mainland increasing by 39 to 354.

24 Sep 2014 - 9:01am 1 comment