5 More Things You Didn't Know About Jack Ma

Every one has their favorite entrepreneur. Mine is definitely Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba group limited. Here are a few things you didn't know about Jack Ma.

FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, chairman and then-chief executive officer of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., laughs at a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Alibaba, which rode China's emergence as an economic superpower over the last 15 years to become a massive online marketplace for everything from forks to forklifts, filed today for what could become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Jack Ma

Every one has their favorite entrepreneur. Mine is definitely Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba group limited. Here are a few things you didn’t know about Jack Ma.

Forest Gump

One of Jack’s favorite movies is Forest Gump. He says, ” Forest never gave up. People would refer to him as stupid but he didn’t care. This is the guy I told my team mates to want to be like in future. You never know what can happen. Life is like a box of chocolates. I never would’ve thought that I would become who I am today.”

Kung-Fu novels

Jack Ma doesn’t only enjoy reading Chinese Kung-Fu novels, he also writes a few. It helps him relax when he’s tired and exhausted. He likes to compare them with reality. Kung-Fu is tough, but only when you have no great master, team and not enough practice.


According to Jack Ma, Tai-Chi is a philosophy. It’s about Ying and Yang, a balance. To him, it’s also about competing. He is used to people accusing him for his “hatred”, he, however, says he doesn’t hate the American companies. He’s even convinced that the USA has the greatest companies. He uses the ways of Tai-Chi daily in business. It calms him down and enables him to stay very focused. He also doesn’t like the battlefield mindset towards business. His words are: “Business is not like a battlefield. Even if the opponent lost, that won’t make me a winner.” It’s all about fun for him.


Jack Ma’s goal was never based on money. He never even thought that he’d become China’s richest man. Recently, he stated that money has become a burden. In a recent interview with CNBC, he says that since Forbes has gave him the title as Chinas’s richest man, the whole situation has become a bigger pain. A man in his position has a lot to care of. Making sure that investors keep their faith in Alibaba is one of the hardest tasks among his duties. He also admits that the attention he’s been getting in public makes him unsure of people’s intentions.

When you have $1 million it’s your money. When you have $20 million you might have problems. When you have one billion dollars, that is not your money. That is the trust society gives you. They believe you can manage the money, they believe you can use the money better than the government, better than anyone can. – Jack Ma


Jack Ma believes that the best way to become successful is by uplifting others. Making sure that you’re the best in something, can boost one’s ego and accumulate wealth, but that’s all it can do. However, if one makes sure his skills are great and tries to work with even better people, perhaps employs them, something greater can be established. This is why he believes that someday, he’ll go back to teach and spend time with the young people.

Selby Webb

Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField

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