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Jack Ma: From KFC Reject to Asia's Richest Man

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Jack Ma wasn't born rich but now he is the richest man in Asia. This Bloomberg profile tells the story of how Ma started as a poor kid in China's countryside, learned English, got rejected from a job at KFC but then went on to found Alibaba, the massive e-commerce site. Video by Vicky Feng, Lulu Chen ---------- Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness
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Text Comments (487)
tell me that does not look like danny duncan 0:53
ColaIsYummy (1 day ago)
Jack ma pee pee HEHE XDDDDD
XA JI (2 days ago)
"Baba" means chin in our language and the logo from the company shows a long chin. 😂
instant sports (4 days ago)
How time has changed Indian mukesh ambani beat zack ma to become Asia's richest man
Ainsley Harriot (5 days ago)
Jackma..... DICK
Austin Natan (5 days ago)
Jack Ma Meat xddd
blabla62871 (6 days ago)
my guess is, he is china's government experiment, to make richest man on the planet. question of prestige for them, something like for russians to get first man on earths orbit.
blabla62871 (6 days ago)
luck is all you need
15$ dollars a month as an English teacher for 5 years , jesus christ
blabla62871 (6 days ago)
yeah, but living costs were probably 13$ per month :D
Fawk Yu (12 days ago)
This dude's face is almost the shape of a square, equal on all sides. I know Chinese folks usually have large square faces but Jack Ma's face must be on the extreme end of the spectrum even by Chinese standard. Truly a face only a mother could love, but hey, at least he's rich! :D
Fawk Yu (6 days ago)
blabla62871 Yet most modern techs were invented by Europeans who on average have smaller skulls than East Asians. In fact, natural science courses in Asian curriculum are all based off of European scientific findings. So there goes your "big head = higher IQ" right out the window. It's not the size or the brain but how it's wired that matters.
blabla62871 (6 days ago)
big head is correlated to higher intelligence
shinichi izumi (12 days ago)
Ambani is richest in asia
Krzysztof Cyris (12 days ago)
King Rom win right
Boboz9 (12 days ago)
lol he can buy KFC
Aadit Pant (12 days ago)
One day Bloomberg is gonna post my video with caption: From failing to get into Engineering college to building a billion dollar empire.
"strong eyes" (C) WTF ???
Jack Dolah (20 days ago)
China also literally copy jeff bezos! It's terrifying!!
Neel 38989ro (20 days ago)
So does Jeff bezos know how to do coding ?
After nearly 40 years of long development, China's educated young people have been produced in large Numbers. This is the key factor in China's development
Ge RuiYi (23 days ago)
He can buy the whole fucking chicken and fry them to beat Mcdonald. Maybe that is what he should...
Ge RuiYi (23 days ago)
Have to say, SB put Ali on a success and Ali put SB in a league with GS and MS but also a league of their own thanks to Masayoshi-son.
Robert Knight (24 days ago)
I think I met this guys cousin a couple months ago. He said his name was Jack Ma Off
Genesis Atom (24 days ago)
"Asian Jeff besos" really? I ain’t even Asian but that quote upsets me
Dylan Brubaker (25 days ago)
His face is small for his head
Kunal Mandhare (26 days ago)
Not the richest asian , second richest. Richest Asian is Mukesh Ambani from india .
Tully (27 days ago)
Honestly had no idea Alibaba was this successful until this video.
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Jay (30 days ago)
I know this video was made about 6 months ago but the richest man in Asia at present is Mukesh Ambani from India. Just saying..
奶赤裸裸 (1 month ago)
KFC reject😂😂
Daniel Spinosa (1 month ago)
Amazing
Shady Lamp2k (1 month ago)
I feel like If I had a cow it'd die from a disease called Alibaba or someone named jack ma. lol
Kabutoes (1 month ago)
Jackie Ma? You know Wei Shen?
Mahesh S Nair (1 month ago)
is it an AI which is doing the narration??
Tadashi Umemura (1 month ago)
You are beautiful. Thank you very much.
m4 mann (1 month ago)
But now the richest man is an Indian by the name of Mukesh Dirubhai Ambani
all about soccer (1 month ago)
You are wrong !!! Asia's richest person is Mukesh Ambani , India
Huy Pham (1 month ago)
Very motivative person
Jun Jie (1 month ago)
Trump's successful just only represent in the past. Jack Ma's successful can represent in the future.
Jun Jie (1 month ago)
Jack Ma was very modest. Trump was very arrogant. One of them was successor. Another of them was loser. Both are not comparing.
AMIT KUMAR (1 month ago)
wrong information!
Will Sen (2 months ago)
For those who says JackMa doesnt know coding, here is a fact about truck industry, DHL boss doesnt need to know how to drive a forklift.
K (2 months ago)
2000 to 2018 And the became a multibillionaire
DanielWhaaaa (2 months ago)
He’s ugly
Saral Thakur (2 months ago)
Chinese Steve Jobs basically but much better than him
Siddhartha Choudhury (2 months ago)
He has achieved so much and yet you say it will require more than naked ambition and charisma. Haters really gonna hate!
Doges Dream Gaming (2 months ago)
my parents say I look like him
Stephan Liu (2 months ago)
OK, you have already been on the starting point of big success.
Anurag Vishwakarma (2 months ago)
Get your facts correct. Mukesh Ambani is the richest Asian, Ma is second.
Wohox (3 months ago)
And i know somebody will yell "china Numba Wan"
Jibran (3 months ago)
Don't do interview of someone who you're really skeptic about..!
Frost Plays (3 months ago)
does he store all the cash in his big ass head.
Twizz Canvas (3 months ago)
The company has more then Jeff bezos Jeff bezos:-_- can I maybe join....?
Bruno Koba (3 months ago)
This has got to be one of the greatest entrepreneurial stories of our generation. Sad to see so little coverage about this man in western media compared to american entrepreneurs
Mason Haley (3 months ago)
Legendary
AVLRECORDS (3 months ago)
POOR or Rich and UGLy what do you prefer?
BLʌcK MʌGiK (3 months ago)
But is he single? -Broke black women
R Sahota (3 months ago)
Billion dollar question.....How did you come up with the name alibaba ?
林振华 (2 months ago)
That is a story call sesame open the door. And he create the business hopping it opens a door of opportunity for manufacturer and retail and cut out the distributors( the middle man). And he success. The door does open... More like a flood gate..
dirty ox (3 months ago)
look at his head no wander why he so Rich
Jordan Smith (3 months ago)
Sources say that he knows how to hide his income. Some say he's worth over a trillion dollars. Richest man on Earth as far as we know
PinAwayMafia (3 months ago)
No he is not the richest Asian. Mukesh Ambani is the richest Asian net worth 41b
Jeff Ryan Lumancas (3 months ago)
Richest ? Even all the billionaire and elites like queen elizabeth combine their wealth they cannot surpassed the global funder or the royal child. The royal of all royals
Hao ZHEN (3 months ago)
We call him the white gloves of the bureaucratic privilege stratum. I admit he is special among his peers, however, just like a cute muppet on the stage, he is simply a tool to collect the money.
Pepsiman (3 months ago)
baby face ass nigga
YourUgandan Boi_47 (3 months ago)
This will be a meme
Hail Xenu (3 months ago)
So does he still have to eat cats and dogs
Lei一一一 (3 months ago)
Jack Ma helped Mcdonald to defeat KFC in China. KFC used to be the number one fast food in China but now is Mcdonald
Philip Cooper (3 months ago)
Ah feck, I only went to 10 job interviews before I got a job. Well, maybe I'll earn just about 1/3 of what Ma managed.
Ewaz Nazari (3 months ago)
1526 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Piotr Jurkiewicz (3 months ago)
Wtf 0.0
America (3 months ago)
Stole Amazons business model when China opened up. When china modernizes you will see more of him.
stary dancer (3 months ago)
CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME FIND AN APARTMENT TO RENT 90046
Solid (3 months ago)
i cant get over the fact that the woman talking sounds like she is 10
Zectical Real (3 months ago)
His face makes me go crazy
Kenny Lawrence (3 months ago)
I want to get inspired by him, but I think what also helped him is the fact that China is not open to outside competition, so he faced less competition although he may not have been as skilled as silicon valley internet talents.
Dennis HP (3 months ago)
"Love... but don't marry with them." :)
孩子我只是个 (3 months ago)
Not any more budy
Linus (3 months ago)
I have to get myself some "strong eyes" so I can make money :P
Power Co. (3 months ago)
Alibaba is fucking trash, it’s just like dhgate
Justin A (3 months ago)
Rich guys apparently can't afford decent haircuts.
dedly kuin (3 months ago)
his idea are amazing but the way they made alibaba literally the worse online shopping place is just horrible
BRBallin1 (3 months ago)
So basically he copied existing tech in typical Chinese fashion and got rich off of it.
RobertsDigital (3 months ago)
The KFC assholes who rejected him are still struggling to sell their fried chicken.....I wish I could see their faces. Similar to my own story. I had been rejected countless times on job interviews and many people behaved so hypocritical when they saw me. One reason, because I dont meet the skin color requirements but they won't tell you that that's the reason. Today I have learnt to become independent..
Expla / VFX Editor (4 months ago)
what is AliExpress then?
John Smith (4 months ago)
her voice is SO MOTHERFUCKING ANNYOUING!!!!!!!!
Kriss (4 months ago)
Who is he again
Travel with me (4 months ago)
Mukesh ambani is the richest man in Asia not jack
Dario Mendoza (4 months ago)
ha ha kfc did him a favor. forcing him to look harder!!
Bailey Henderson (4 months ago)
Alibaba will be broke and be bought by Frsh this summer
United Alliance (4 months ago)
He isnt richest in Asia. Ambani is
Sergeant Johnson伍世 (3 months ago)
Wrong. 39.7b>39.5b
riptorn (4 months ago)
These people don't start out poor I guarantee it, they are born rich.
marlonious76 (4 months ago)
Great story !!!
GeriX (4 months ago)
Jack Ma would love the Little Bits Restaurant
Yunus Ismail (4 months ago)
I’m sorry I’m sorry his face just CRACKS me UP🤣🤣
RaNdOmIsEr Titan (3 months ago)
so should his money
he is so so awesome. his personality is influential. his speaking capabilities proves his views to be realistic
Swagatam Sarkar (4 months ago)
Asia's richest man is Mukesh Ambani (India). Get your facts straight.
Jim Huang (4 months ago)
One thing should be noted is that, the people who were able to apply for a passport and travel oversea in China, during the 90's, were the elite/upper-class. So, unless you are rich, top 0.1% in university or have someone in the family is a government officials, otherwise the chance of you travelling oversea is very slim.
Jim Huang (4 months ago)
Yes, you get the point. Either you are wealthy or have guanxi. I still remember how hard for me to get a passport just for me to go to Hongkong in the 90's. I had to go through all sorts of paper work and have dinner with people (the guanxi thing).
Steven wang (4 months ago)
80s maybe, not 90s. Especially if you were an academic working at an university. Both my parents were professors and traveled and worked abroad frequently. Since Jack Ma was teaching english it shouldnt be a surprise.
DJ Pedobear (4 months ago)
actually not really? my great grandfather isn't rich, but manage to travel abroad so, :D some times people just pool money so somebody get out and be and OFW
Lakshay Kashyap (4 months ago)
dont distort facts, he's no where near being asia's richest man. He is 10 billion dollars short from india's buisness magnate mukesh ambani. get you facts right.aye !
Harsha Manish (4 months ago)
CHINA DOWN
Andrew Manook (3 months ago)
You mean UP?
Deepu Gupta (4 months ago)
Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in Asia 😀😂😀😁
gang plank (4 months ago)
justin sun will follow jack ma
李小光 (4 months ago)
马云在国外蛮有名的🐯
JUNCHENG WANG (4 months ago)
jack ma is gr8

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