Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba Group and has been the chairman and chief executive officer since its inception in 1999. Ma is a pioneer in the Chinese internet industry and in 1995 founded China Pages, widely believed to be China's first Internet-based company. From 1998 to 1999, Ma headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC). Ma currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK Corp, a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As a respected business leader, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader" in 2001, and selected by China Central Television (CCTV) and its viewers as one of the "Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year" in 2004. He was also named one of the "25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia" by Fortune magazine in 2005, a "Businessperson of the Year" by BusinessWeek magazine in 2007, one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's in 2008, and one of the “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine in 2009. Ma is a member of APEC Business Advisory Council, which was established by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, in 1995 as the vehicle for formalizing private sector participation in APEC. Ma holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.
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