When Ma announced last year that he, within a year, was going to hand over the role of executive chairman to CEO Daniel Zhang and step away from managing the e-commerce giant he founded 20 years ago, the announcement came as a surprise.
The 55-year-old self-made billionaire has spoken of his dissatisfaction with his busy life because of the enormous pressure and responsibility he has had to shoulder to manage the multi-billion dollar company with more than 80,000 employees. He famously said his “biggest mistake was establishing Alibaba
While Ma no longer manages Alibaba
“The thing is, I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beach,” Ma told talk show host Charlie Rose in an interview from 2017.
In last year’s announcement, Ma said that he plans for his departure from Alibaba
In addition to being the day when Jack Ma retires, September 10 also marks Alibaba
The New Six Values For The Alibaba
- Costumers first, employees second, shareholders third
- Trust makes everything simple
- Change is the only constant
- Today’s best performance is tomorrow’s baseline
- If not now, when? If not me, who?
- Live seriously, work happily