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

November 13, 2016 05:52 pm | Updated December 02, 2016 03:16 pm IST - Beijing

File photo, Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba.

File photo, Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba.

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

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, himself was an English translator before he shot to fame with the company that placed him among the richest persons on the planet.

His was a quintessential rags-to-riches story.

Mr. 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 became an instant hit on Internet with netizens comparing him to the billionaire businessman.

The child’s family circumstances are unfortunate as his mother suffers from poliomyelitis (polio), his father a missing leg and his grandma from Alzheimer’s disease.

Last year, a villager posted a video of “mini Jack Ma” online and the Internet exploded in remarks over how similar the boy looked to Ma.

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 Mr. Ma to support the kid, given his family circumstances, state-run People’s Daily reported.

The buzz caught Mr. Ma’s attention and he saw the similarities between himself and the boy. He later announced to financially support the kid until he graduates from university.

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