Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba group, sings a song during an event to mark the 20th anniversary of Alibaba in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. (Photo: AFP/STR) On Tuesday (Sep 10), he formally bid goodbye to Alibaba, the e-commerce giant he founded 20 years ago. The date also marks his 55th birthday and is Teacher’s Day in China – many years ago, Ma was an English teacher. The four-hour celebration, hosted in a stadium meant for 80,000 people, saw him rocking a braided hairstyle and an outfit of spiked leather, while holding an electric guitar in a striking shade of tangerine. Some of his colleagues, including co-founder Lucy Peng and CEO of Alibaba’s technology committee Wang Jian, as well as the performers, were also dressed to the nines that day – a tribute, they said, to their founder’s colourful personality. Here are more quirky facts about Jack Ma, whose playful image is said to have helped shatter the stereotype of the drab Chinese executive. ALI BABA AND THE 18 “THIEVES” Ma did not create Alibaba, whose name was inspired by the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Arabian storybook One Thousand And One Nights, alone -… Read full this story
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