Title: Founder and executive chairman, Alibaba
Born: October 15, 1964, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Education: BA in English, Hangzhou Normal University
Early Marker: Founded what is held to be China's first Internet company, China Yellowpages, in 1995.
Big Idea: Expanding Alibaba, initially founded as B2B online marketplace, from range of Chinese Internet commerce, cloud computing and payment services into global business following record-breaking IPO, making it the world's most valuable listed tech company.
Wave of the Future: E-commerce