• 13-DEC-2013

  • SOURCE: Alizila.com

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

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.