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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to fund his 8-year-old look-alike’s education

China’s second richest man has been moved by the plight of a kid - his look-alike - and has decided to financially support the eight-year-old’s studies.

business Updated: Nov 13, 2016 19:31 IST
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Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, was a translator before he started the company which placed him among the richest persons on the planet.
Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, was a translator before he started the company which placed him among the richest persons on the planet.(AFP)

China’s second richest man was moved by the plight of a kid - his look-alike - and has decided to fund the eight-year-old’s education till he graduates from college.

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, was a translator before he started the company which placed him among the richest persons on the planet.

Ma was moved by the plight of Fan Xiaoqin, or “mini Jack Ma”, who lives in Yongfeng County in east China’s Jiangxi Province.

The kid’s photo was an instant hit on the internet last year after a local posted it on social media platforms.

Xiaoqin’s mother is a polio victim, his father lost a leg and his grand mother has Alzheimer.

With the coming of double-eleven (11/11 Singles Day) sales of Alibaba, “mini Jack Ma” won hearts on the Internet once again, and netizens urged Ma to support the kid, given his family circumstances, state-run People’s Daily reported.

‘Mini Jack Ma’ trended again on the internet this November following Alibaba’s double-eleven (11/11) sales day. This time many social media users urged Ma to support the kid.

The buzz caught Ma’s attention, who later announced his decision to support Xiaoqin’s education until he graduates from college.