Alibaba founder Jack Ma suspected to be missing

BEIJING (Jan 5): Alibaba founder and Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma is suspected to be missing after he didn’t turn up for the final episode of his own talent show, Africa’s Business Heroes, reported British publication The Telegraph.

Ma was replaced by an Alibaba executive, according to the paper. His picture was also removed from the show’s website.

An Alibaba spokesperson said the founder could “no longer be part of the finale judge panel” due to “a schedule conflict” reported the Financial Times.

Following his disappearance of more than two months, speculation has swirled around the Chinese billionaire’s whereabouts after the high-profile businessman gave a controversial speech on Oct 24, 2020, that criticised the financial supervision system in China.

The speech was made at the Bund Summit in Shanghai, in front of the country’s top financial leaders such as Zhou Xiaochuan, former governor of the People's Bank of China, and Yi Gang, the current governor of the People's Bank of China.

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