From Rags to Riches: The Inspirational Story of Alibaba’s Jack Ma
It’s been one heck of a rollercoaster for the prolific Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. He is currently the second richest man in Asia, having amassed a net worth of $25 billion.
A large source of his wealth comes from the fact that he is the founder of E-commerce store Alibaba. Additionally, he also owns a large volume of shares as a stakeholder in Alipay. Alipay is a conglomerate of Alibaba and serves as the company’s e-payment portal.
Despite Alibaba not being a common household name in his native country of China, one ought to realize just how massive this company is.
For starters, Alibaba is worth more than Facebook. If that’s not enough, the company processes more goods that Amazon and eBay combined!
From a distant perspective, it might look like Jack Ma is your everyday billionaire. On the contrary, Jack Ma is one of a kind. He came from a life of poverty to truly define the meaning of rags to riches story. Truly, it is a story that will inspire you to chase your dreams no matter how unrealistic they might sound to others.
That being said, this is a marvelous dissection of the life of one of the most humble billionaires around.
The Humble Beginnings of Jack Ma
Jack Ma was born in the local province of Hangzhou, in the south-eastern part of China. Ma was raised with a younger sister and elder brother in the period when China was a communist state. At the time, the country was isolated from the Western regions of the country.
At the time, his parents worked as traditional Music storytellers, barely making enough money to have Ma’s family recognized as a middle-class family.
Fortunately, when former POTUS Richard Nixon paid a visit to Hangzhou in 1972, the province experienced a massive surge in tourism. This was Ma’s chance, who had a passion for learning English at a very young age. In the process, he began giving tours in English to tourists that had come to sight-see in the province.
It was here that Ma got the nickname ‘Jack’ from a female foreigner who found it particularly difficult to pronounce his name.
His Fast Salary Was Jaw Dropping
After Ma graduated from college holding a Bachelor’s degree in English, he got his first job at the Hangzhou Dianzi University earning a meager $12 a month! At the time, he was an English teacher.
The Birth of Alibaba
Ma kickstarted Alibaba back in 1999 and with time, built it into one of the most quintessential e-commerce, as well as digital payment systems around the globe.
Before building his multi-billion company, Ma struggled to get any opportunities. In fact, he even failed his college entrance exams in the first two attempts.
Additionally, Ma revealed that he even got rejected from Harvard University as many as 10 times!
Moreover, he was even rejected from getting a job at KFC.
A Passion for Teaching
As Alibaba has gained a large consumer base and commercial success, Ma has mentioned quite a number of times how he does not want to spend his entire life with the company. He hopes to one day retire and return to his one true passion which is teaching.
Additionally, Ma created the Jack Ma Foundation in 2014 which aims to improve the education of individuals in rural China.
As a matter of fact, employees within Alibaba refer to Jack as ‘Teacher Ma.’
The Growth of Alibaba
One talent that Ma had while growing up was that he realized that he was a natural salesman. That being said, he was one of the co-founders of the company, along with 17 other students. They had their first meeting in his Hangzhou apartment in Zhejiang province.
That being said, the company did not begin services until 2003, the year that Alibaba opted to launch the Yaoba marketplace to become a direct competitor to eBay that was currently making its presence known in China.
Who Does Jack Ma See as His Role Model?
While conducting an interview with Bloomberg Tv, Ma cited that Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, was his biggest role model. He even said that although he cannot be as rich as Bill Gates, he aspires to one day retire just like the American icon did.
More inLife Style
Kim Kardahian’s Daughter Gets Expensive G-Wagon for First Birthday
Aunty Kourtney Kardashian gave Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s youngest daughter, Chicago West, an extravagant gift for her first birthday....January 17, 2019
Guide to Buying a Car That’s Right For Your Needs
Shopping for a shirt in a mall is as easy as 1, 2, 3. But the same can’t be said when...January 17, 2019
Donating a Car Today is Easier Than Before
If you have an old car sitting in your garage just gathering dust, it is not benefiting you in any way....January 17, 2019
Giving Your Car Away? Check Out These Worthy Charities
Charities use donated cars to transport people and haul goods. If you have a vehicle that you are no longer using, consider...January 17, 2019
The Best Donation Programs For Giving Away Your Car
Do you have an old car that you no longer want to maintain but you feel like selling it will make...January 17, 2019
Some of the Finest Luxury Cars that You Might Afford
Can you have luxury and affordability in the same sentence? It might sound impossible, but you can actually afford a luxury...January 17, 2019
What’s the Amazon Delivery Service Partner All About?
So Amazon has come out with a brand new business, and it is confident that anyone with a great credit score,...January 16, 2019
Myths About Your Car Insurance Get Busted
It is always nice and exciting when you are going to get yourself a new car or get your very own...January 16, 2019
Do Luxury Cars Cost More to Insure?
Buying a luxury car is certainly expensive. You’ll find that some of them are manufactured with some of the most high-end...January 15, 2019