Not retirement, Jack Ma to unveil succession plan

Business

09 Sep 2018

Alibaba's Jack Ma isn't retiring, will announce his succession plans

Refuting an NYT report which claimed Jack Ma would be retiring from Executive Chairmanship of Alibaba group on Monday, South China Morning Post, a newspaper owned by the company, reported on Sunday that he would instead unveil his succession plans.

Based on the report, it was widely reported Ma, who is turning 54, will retire to put his focus on philanthropy.

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Clarification

Times' story was taken out of context, says Alibaba spokesperson

Times' story was taken out of context, says Alibaba spokesperson

Saying the Times' story was taken out of context and was factually wrong, a spokesperson of the group told SCMP, "An Alibaba spokesman said Ma remains the company's executive chairman and will provide transition plans over a significant period of time."

Further, the paper wrote Monday would be all about grooming young executives to handle the reins of the company.

Looking back

Ma speaking about early retirement made report believable

Notably, in an earlier interview with Bloomberg, Ma had spoken about early retirement and taking inspiration from Bill Gates.

"There's a lot of things I can learn from Bill Gates. I can never be as rich, but one thing I can do better is to retire earlier," he said.

Ma, who is a former teacher, apparently expressed interest in going back to teaching.

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He is the richest man of China

Notably, Ma, who is the richest man of China, spearheaded the 2014 IPO, the biggest of the company. Such is his popularity that some Chinese homes have his portraits. After Monday's event, he will go to Russia and South Africa, on business trips, hinting he would remain in position for some time.

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