October 15, 2021

The strange case of Alibaba’s Jack Ma and his three-month vanishing act

The strange case of Alibaba’s Jack Ma and his three-month vanishing act

The strange case of Alibaba’s Jack Ma and his three-month vanishing act

By Rob Davies and Helen Davidson

1/23/2021

The ebullient tech tycoon embarrassed China’s leaders and went missing. Now he’s back, but seems far less outspoken

Jack Ma, chief executive of e-commerce giant Alibaba, had earned the right to make a spectacle of himself. On that day in September 2009, in front of 16,000 adoring employees packed into Hangzhou’s Yellow Dragon stadium, the eccentric but iron-willed former English teacher was celebrating. He had built a bona fide tech champion, China’s answer to Amazon, eBay and PayPal rolled into one.

Little more than a decade on, Ma is experiencing a much less triumphant moment in the spotlight. After nearly three months in which his whereabouts have been unknown, following a public show of dissent towards Beijing, he resurfaced last week, apparently much chastened.

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