Jack Ma Resigns as Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Daniel Zhang Occupies Top Slot
Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma. (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

Hangzhou, September 10: The e-commerce giant and one of Asia's richest man Jack Ma on Tuesday stepped down as the executive chairman of China's largest company -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, a decision which also coincided with his 55th birthday. Ma will be replaced by CEO Daniel Zhang, who will also take on the role of chairman. With 6.44 per cent of shares in his bracket, Jack will continue to exert his influence on China's biggest e-commerce company through his lifetime membership with the Alibaba Partnership, reported CNN.

In 2018, Ma had announced his retirement plans from the senior management position after two decades of building Alibaba into an e-commerce powerhouse worth $460 billion. Last year, Ma spoke about the challenges for the future of education at the World Economic Forum, warning that "if we do not change the way we teach, 30 years later we will be in trouble." Jack Ma 55th Birthday Special: Top 10 Inspirational Quotes by Chinese Business Magnate Who Made Alibaba a Global Name.

Jack Ma Foundation was established in 2014 and has been cited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an inspiration for his charitable endeavours."Jack has been signaling for some time his interests in philanthropy, environment, women's empowerment, education, and development," said Duncan Clark, the author of 'Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built.'