Jack Ma

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Benjamin Wachenje

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.

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