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Tuesday 31st January 2023 / 7 Jamadilakhir 1444

Jack Ma omitted from list of entrepreneurial leaders by Chinese state media

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has been removed from the ‘Chinese entrepreneurial leaders’ list published by a Chinese state-run newspaper.

The country’s official state media ignored the name of Ma in its front-page commentary while it lauded other leading businessmen in bringing technology revolution in the country. The list also includes names like Huawei Technologies’ Ren Zhengfei, Xiaomi Corp’s Lei Jun, and BYD’s Wang Chuanfu for their contribution to the country.

Jack Ma, the founder of the online e-commerce company and store Alibaba, has been missing since October 2020, and rumors of his disappearance caused a wave of concern around the world. He has been missing since he had criticized the Chinese government’s Internet policies at an event.

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Prior to the criticism, he was on the panel of judges for a TV game show and was due to join the panel of judges by the end of 2020, but he disappeared and was not seen on the program.

The world’s largest IPO, offered by Jack Ma’s company, was blocked by Chinese regulators even before it was launched. It may be recalled that Jack Ma announced his resignation from the chairmanship of Alibaba in 2018 and he formally resigned from the company in September 2019.

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