Jack Ma, creator of e-commerce giant Alibaba and China's richest man alive, has been outed as a member of the Communist Party

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Jack Ma, creator of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, and the country’s wealthiest person alive, has been outed by state media as a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Speculation about Ma’s ties to the Chinese government has long been discussed, though he has often kept his distance from Beijing in his public comments.
And while his e-commerce company has previously raised money by selling shares to firms linked to the CPC, Ma has described his relationship with the government as: “Love them, but don’t marry them.
But on Monday, state-run People’s Daily wrote that the CPC would be honoring 100 people, including Ma and two other internet-tech moguls, for their contributions to China’s economy.
The publication specifically referred to Ma as a “CPC member” and said that Ma had been listed as a “huge driving force for domestic demand” as head of Alibaba Group.
 
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