The retail investor may not stand much of a chance of getting into Alibaba's highly anticipated initial public offering, but GVA Research's David Garrity told CNBC another way to own the Chinese e-commerce giant ahead of its IPO is through Softbank.
The Japanese mobile telecommunications business owns 34 percent of Alibaba and is not selling any of its shares. Yahoo is another way, Garrity added, but it is selling an 8 percent interest in Alibaba.
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"With Softbank, the benefit you have is you have a manager who basically knows how to be a billionaire, there is no reinvestment risk as there is with [Yahoo CEO] Melissa Mayer."
Plus, Garrity said, Softbank has a big portfolio to work with given its ownership of Sprint.