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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to retire

Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, said he plans to step down from his role as executive chairman on Monday, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: Ma built one of the world’s most influential tech companies in Alibaba, and he has been a key figure in the meteoric rise of China’s economy.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Ma is CEO. His role is executive chairman and co-founder.

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