Ma Yun known professionally as Jack Ma was born September 10, 1964. Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group and the first mainland Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes. Alibaba Group reported had the largest IPO ever with a market value of $231 billion at closing on September 19, 2014. Ma started his career after struggling to go to college from a one bedroom apartment. After completing his degree in 1988 with a B.A. in English, Ma applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected by on every application. In 1999, he founded Alibaba to create one of the biggest rags-to-riches stories today.