Corporate China's star was just days away from seeing his Ant Group list on the stock market in a record $37 billion deal, when he chose to launch a blistering public attack on the country's financial system.
Chinese retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s sales for its 24-hour Singles’ Day shopping blitz hit a record $38.4 billion, more than U.S. rival Amazon.com Inc’s haul last quarter from online store sales.
Alibaba Group Holding on Monday said sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz hit 158.31 billion yuan ($22.63 billion) in its first nine hours, up 25% from 126.72 billion yuan at the same point last year.
Few people are better placed to suggest how fashion, luxury and beauty brands can reach Chinese consumers than Christina Fontana, director of fashion & luxury Europe for Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company.
Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma will step down from the Chinese firm on Tuesday, leaving his handpicked successor a daunting task of steering the $460bn firm when the market for its core e-tail business has slowed.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will buy e-commerce business Kaola from Chinese gaming company NetEase Inc for $2 billion, adding a platform that specializes in supplying luxury goods from abroad to Chinese consumers.