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Jack Ma's Biography

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         Jack Ma was born on September 10, 1964; Jack is the founder and the owner of china's popular websites Alibaba and Taobao.

        Ma was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. As a highly successful person, one must think that Ma was academically stronger than the average. This is not true because he failed the entrance exam twice. In the end Ma eventually attended Hangzhou Teacher's Institute (currently known as Hangzhou Normal University) and he graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in English. Ma has proven to be a great leader since his young ages; while at the school, Ma was elected student chairman. He later became a lecturer in English and International Trade at the Hangzhou Dianzi University. This was a starting point on a long journey as an international trade entrepreneur.

Ma first started as a web developer by building websites for Chinese companies with the help of friends who were in the US at that moment. He has said that, “the day we got connected to the Web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house," and on a very slow dial-up connection, “we waited three and a half hours and got half a page.... We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved (to my house guests that) the Internet existed”

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Best known for:

China yellow pages:

Jack Ma created china yellow pages which is believed to be the first chinese internet company


Jack founded Alibaba in 1999. Alibaba has crossed the one trillion mark in transactions in 2012.


Taobao is a marketplace facilitates consumer-to-consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses


Entrepreneurial connections:

Robin Li, Baidu, China

Jerry Young

Ma Huateng

Masayoshi Son