In terms of other plans for the future, Ma said he hopes to leverage big data to solve social problems like pollution. These plans will, of course, require government partnerships, he added.
"If China's government is so sort of conservative, too backward, too censorship, how can China have 600 million internet users," he said. "Sit down, talk with them, listen to them, communicate with them, they will join you."
And despite some shareholders' gripes about dedicating corporate funds to helping the world, Ma said there is also an economic incentive.
"Even if you can not solve the problem absolutely 100 percent, if you can do even 20-3 percent you can make tons of money," he said.
As Alibaba concludes its most successful sales holiday ever, the Chinese billionaire has much to be excited about: In the first hour of Single's Day alone, Alibaba's e-commerce network sold over $2 billion worth of products.
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Singles' Day—so named because the date Nov. 11 has four singles (11/11)—is China's equivalent of Cyber Monday, and it boasts massive sales figures. Spurred by Alibaba and its network of online retailers, the day has grown from $7 million in sales in 2009 to over $5.8 billion last year for Ma's company.
Less than 21 hours into the event, Alibaba had already broken above $8 billion in sales:
Analysts had predicted this year's Singles' Day would smash records because of growing mobile-platform buying and Alibaba's push to bring the sales holiday to global consumers.
But Alibaba is more than just the annual sales holiday it pioneered: The company has posted $279 billion in sales over the last year on 307 million annual active buyers (the U.S. has a population of 316 million, for comparison).