Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group since its inception in 1999. Jack is responsible for the overall strategy and focus of Alibaba Group. Jack 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, Jack headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center, a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.
Jack currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK CORP., a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, which is listed on the Shenzhen 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 and its viewers as one of the "Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year" in 2004. He was 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, and one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's in 2008. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine, one of "China's Most Powerful People" by BusinessWeek and one of the "Top 10 Most Respected Entrepreneurs in China" by Forbes Chinese edition. He also received the "2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year: Business Leaders of the Decade Award." In 2010, he was named one of “Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy” by Forbes Asia for his contribution to poverty and disaster relief in China, and one of the “Chinese Businesspeople of the Year” by Forbes Chinese edition. In 2009, Jack became a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s China program and joined the global board of directors of the organization in 2010. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.