Jack Ma officially leaves Alibaba  

September 10, 2019 | Technology

Written by FinTech Alliance

Jack Ma officially leaves Alibaba  

Chairman and founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, steps down from the company today to spend time with family.

In Brief:

  • Ma founded Alibaba in 1999 as a trading platform for businesses, expanding to consumer ecommerce in 2003.

  • The company is currently valued at $480bn and Ma retires as China’s richest man, with a net worth of $38.6bn.

  • He is succeeded by current chief executive Daniel Zhang.

What does this mean?

Ma leaves the company at a turbulent time for Chinese ecommerce, with the domestic market slowing down and the US placing Chinese imports under scrutiny. Zhang’s biggest challenge, however, may simply be in replacing a man whose success was largely put down to charm and personality.

Read more here.

 

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