Internet magic: A look back at Jack Ma at Alibaba

By Zhang Jie | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-09-10 20:25
Jack Ma is seen at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Sept 19, 2014. On this day, Alibaba's initial public offering debuted under the ticker symbol BABA. [Photo/VCG]

Jack Ma completely retired from Alibaba, the company he founded, on his 55th birthday on Tuesday.

Ma decided to create Alibaba in March 1999, and then, together with his founding team in Hangzhou, started to develop the Alibaba website, which launched in April 1999. It was followed by the unveiling of the online shopping platform Taobao in 2003, the third-party online payment platform Alipay in 2004, and Alibaba's listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014.

In August, the business giant reported strong revenue growth in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year (from April 1 to June 30 in 2019), soaring by 42 percent year-on-year to 114.9 billion yuan ($16.7 billion).

Its net profit in this period was 30.95 billion yuan, up 54 percent year-on-year. Annual active consumers on its Chinese retail marketplaces also reached 674 million, an increase of 20 million from the 12-month period ending March 31, 2019. And revenue from its core e-commerce operations rose 44 percent year-on-year to about 99.5 billion yuan, according to the report.

Let's take another look back at Ma and his company over the past years.

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