Jack Ma, the second wealthiest man in China, opened headquarters in Australia for his e-commerce company Alibaba in February.
“Alibaba Group will help Australian and New Zealand businesses share their world-famous products with billons of customers around the world,” he then said.
Here’s a quick look inside the Collins Street office designed by Studio 103:
The Victorian government paid an undisclosed subsidy to entice Alibaba to choose Melbourne as its regional base.
Ma has a personal link to Australia from his teenage years when, as a 12-year-old boy, he befriended a family from Newcastle that was visiting his hometown of Hangzhou. He later visited the Morley family in Newcastle as a teenager in the 1980s.
“Australia will always have a special place in my heart and that’s why I’m so pleased to come back to contribute to supporting Australian businesses to create opportunities and jobs in a country that’s meant so much for me,” says Ma, who has built a fortune of at least $36 billion.
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