Forbes ranks Jack Ma, the Chinese businessman and founder of Alibaba, as one of the richest and well-known investors in China as of 2015. Robin Li, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Baidu, ranked second on the list of the wealthiest investors from China in 2014.
In September 2015, Jack Ma listed Alibaba as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange with a record-breaking $21.8 billion dollar initial public offering, notes Forbes. Ma is a well-known philanthropist who sits on the board of the Nature Conservancy. He founded the Ant Financial Services Group and plans to take the company public in China.
Robin Li is the founder of China’s online search company, Baidu, cites Forbes. Although Li is a resident of China, he studied in the United States, obtaining a master’s degree in computer science from the University at Buffalo. Li’s wealth exceeded $11 billion in 2014, and he continually ranks as one of the most powerful and influential people in technology. In 2015, Wang Jianlin, the owner of the Chinese real estate company Dalian Wanda, overtook Jack Ma as the richest man in China. Mr. Jianlin’s net worth exceeded $24 billion at the time, cites Business Insider.