Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – It turns out that Alibaba founder Jack Ma has been hiding in Tokyo, Japan for a long time. Jack Ma has reportedly been in Japan for about six months with his family. The 58-year-old man had previously been seen in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Spain.
This figure, who has a total wealth of US$23.3 billion or about IDR 357 billion (assuming an exchange rate of IDR 15,428), according to Forbes, is known to have rarely been seen or spoken of in public since he criticized China’s financial system at the end of 2020.
During six months in Japan, China’s fifth richest person was seen enjoying skiing, taking hot baths or traveling regularly to the United States and Israel, the Financial Times reported. The founder of China’s largest e-commerce company is said to enjoy hanging out with a group of people in Ginza and Marunouchi.
In addition, the figure who brought his chef and personal security personnel to Japan is also a collector of art and paintings. This was revealed by the CEO of Softbank and close friend of Jack Ma, Masayoshi Son.
“Jack Ma loves to draw and sent me some pictures,” Son said.
Cited by the CNBC Indonesia report, Jack Ma is said to have “disappeared” since November 2020 after criticizing the Chinese government’s policies. But he thinks the government is being too careful and prioritizing risk management, which makes innovation less likely.
In addition, Ma also said that China’s banking rules are an “old men’s club.” Following these criticisms, Alipay’s parent company, Ant Group, failed to take the floor on the stock exchange, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange announced the suspension of the Ant Group’s IPO.
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