Jack Ma

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Jack Ma

Name: Jack Ma or Ma Yun

Born: September 10, 1964, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Computer-related contributions

  • Chinese business and Internet entrepreneur.
  • Executive chairman of Alibaba Group.
  • Former lecturer in English and International Trade at the Hangzhou Dianzi University.
  • Founded China Yellowpages, considered to be China's first Internet-based company (1995).

Honors and awards

  • First mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes.
  • Awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2013).
  • Chosen by Forbes Asia as one of "Asia's Heroes of Philanthropy" (2010).
  • Listed in Time Magazine's World's 100 most influential people (2009).
  • Named one of the "25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia" by Fortune (2005).


"The day we got connected to the Web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house," and on a very slow dial-up connection, "we waited three and a half hours and got half a page.... We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved (to my house guests that) the Internet existed."