Born in 1964 like Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma is one of the wealthiest people in the world. As of June 2019, he has a net worth over 35B. His fortunes began to amass when Jack created Alibaba while living in a small apartment in China.
Jack didn’t come from a wealthy family. Like Bezos, he didn’t have any extraordinary financial advantages. Jack grew up in rural China and was two when Mao’s Little Red Book was published in 1966. The Cultural Revolution was in full swing.
Jack eventually grew up and started looking for a job. He applied everywhere, including Kentucky Fried Chicken. They had just come to China, and he felt KFC could be a big career opportunity for him.
At the World Economic Forum Jack said, “Twenty-four people went for the job. Twenty-three were accepted. I was the only guy who wasn’t.”