After months of lying low, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma spotted playing golf in Eastern China

After months of lying low, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma spotted playing golf in Eastern China

Ma, a former English teacher, became the international poster boy for Chinese e-commerce.

After months of lying low, Alibaba founder Jack Ma was reportedly spotted playing golf in Hainan island in eastern China. According to a Bloomberg report, the co-founder of Ant Group Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was spotted at the Sun Valley Golf Resort, a secluded 27-hole course on the Chinese island of Hainan, people familiar with the matter said.

Ma has reappeared in public view after months amid increased scrutiny of his companies by Chinese regulators. It’s the first known Ma sighting since the former English teacher joined a live-streamed video chat with rural educators on Jan. 20. In the video, Ma can be seen addressing rural teachers as part of one his charity foundation’s initiatives.

After months of lying low, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma spotted playing golf in Eastern China
Missing for months, Alibaba Co-founder Jack Ma resurfaces in online meeting in China

The reports of his going out of public view emerged soon after the billionaire made some comments that sounded critical of China’s financial regulator, triggering speculation of him going “missing.”

Weeks after Ma made the critical comments, the flotation of his financial services firm Ant Group was cancelled by the Chinese authorities.

Ma, a former English teacher, became the international poster boy for Chinese e-commerce.

Earlier in December, as China’s top market watchdog began investigation into alleged anti-competition practices by the e-commerce giant Alibaba, the country also laid out “rectification plan” for Ma’s fintech venture Ant Group.

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