Jack Ma

Disruption and Digitalisation

Jack Ma's Ant Financial joins race for Singapore digital banking licence

(Jan 2): Billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial has applied for a digital banking licence in Singapore, as China’s largest online financial platform steps up efforts to expand outside the mainland.


Debate between Tesla's Musk and Alibaba's Ma leaves audience awestruck

SINGAPORE (Sept 2): Elon Musk and Jack Ma matched wits publicly for the first time. And boy, they did not disappoint.

Disruption and Digitalisation

Jack Ma's $398 bil loan machine is changing Chinese banking

(July 29): Jack Ma’s online bank is leading a quiet revolution in the way China lends to small businesses, taking aim at a credit bottleneck that has held back Asia’s largest economy for decades.

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Humanity at core of education of society's future leaders

SINGAPORE (June 3): For the past 15 years, Li Yajun, also known affectionately as Nana to people around her, has given up the creature comforts of her home in Taiwan to spend nearly all her time in

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SINGAPORE (Apr 22): “I’m a kiasu Singaporean.

US-China trade war

Alibaba's Jack Ma says can't meet promise to create 1 million US jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept 20): Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create one million jobs in the United States due to US-China trade tensions, Chinese news agency

Management & Corporate Governance

Jack Ma to step down as Alibaba's chairman in 2019; announces CEO Daniel Zhang as successor

SINGAPORE (Sept 10): Jack Ma today announced his plans to step down as the Chinese e-commerce giant’s board chairman, one year from today on Sept 10, 2019.


Chinese investors can help cut trade deficit, says Mahathir

(Aug 19): Chinese investors can help reduce the country’s trade deficit with Malaysia, the Southeast Asian nation’s prime minister said in Beijing on Sunday at an event alongside Alibaba Chairman J


Nothing to fear from China, but lopsided deals must end, says Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR (June 19): Malaysia wants to strengthen its “good relations” with Beijing, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in an interview, but he said


Jack Ma's debt giant grinds to halt as China curbs micro-loans

(Jan 9): After selling billions of dollars of debt backed by consumer loans last year, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial is pausing such fundraising as the government steps up curbs on mi

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