Jack Ma, Annual Meeting of the New Champions Tianjin. Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, philanthropist, internet and technology entrepreneur, who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a conglomerate of Internet-based businesses. 8 billion, as of November 2017. He has become a global icon in business and entrepreneurship, one jack ma leadership pdf the world’s most influential businessmen, a philanthropist known for expounding his philosophy of business, and a leading innovation visionary.
He was ranked 2nd in Fortune’s 2017 “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list. Ma is one of the world’s most powerful people, and has been a global inspirer and role model to many.
He has given numerous lectures, enlightenments and advices throughout his life career. In 2017, Jack Ma entered the acting industry with his first kung fu short film Gong Shou Dao which stems from his lifelong love of martial arts that has influenced both his professional life and personal life, it marks another step in his ongoing effort to revitalize the ancient practice and taking it globally. The film features famous martial arts movie stars including Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Wu Jing and Tony Jaa, and was filmed in collaboration with the Double 11 Shopping Carnival Singles’ Day. In the same year, he has also participated in singing festival, as well as performing bizarre dances during Alibaba’s 18th anniversary party, showcasing his entertainment value.
Ma was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Ma started to study English at a young age and practiced English daily by conversing with English-speakers at Hangzhou international hotel, a 70 min bike ride from his home.
He would give them tours around the city for free to improve his English for nine years. He became pen pals with one of those foreigners, who nicknamed him “Jack” because he found it hard to pronounce his Chinese name. Later in his youth, Ma struggled attending college.
The Chinese entrance exams are held only once a year and it took Ma four years to pass. While at school, Ma was head of the student council.
After graduation, he became a lecturer of English and International Trade at Hangzhou Dianzi University. Ma met his wife, Zhang Ying, when they were studying at Hangzhou Normal University.