• 13-DEC-2013

  • SOURCE: Alizila.com

Financial Times Names Jack Ma as its 2013 Person of the Year

Jack Ma Broll Handout
Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma may have stepped down as CEO of the giant Chinese e-commerce company earlier this year, but he hasn't stepped off the global stage. Alibaba's 48-year-old executive chairman has been named the Financial Times 2013 Person of the Year.

Calling him the "godfather of China's scrappy entrepreneurial spirit" and a "true innovator," the FT's writers said Ma was selected in part "because he personifies the Chinese Internet – with all its potential and its contradictions." Previous POTY winners include Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Barack Obama, Lloyd Blankfein, Mario Draghi and Lech Walesa.