Alibaba’s CEO Jack Ma, who is also China’s richest man, told CNBC’s “Squawk On The Street” crew that he’s inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump.”
Here’s an interview from earlier today:
Jack Ma: Well, I got my story, my dream from America. A full 15 years ago when I came to America, when I visit Silicon Valley. I saw in the evening the road was full of cars, all the buildings with the lights. That’s the passion. The hero I had is Forrest Gump.
Jim Cramer: A box of chocolates?
David Faber: You know he is a fictional character, though?
Ma: I really like that guy. I’ve been watching that movie for about ten times. Every time I get frustrated, I watch the movie. I watched the movie before I came here again before coming to New York. I watched the movie again telling me no matter whatever changed, you are you. I’m still the guy 15 years ago, you know, I only earn like $US20 a month. And today I can do that much.
Alibaba, which debuts on the New York Stock Exchange today, is the largest IPO in U.S. stock market history.