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China's richest man faces strong contenders

2015-01-29 13:22 chinadaily.com.cn Web Editor: Qin Dexing

China's wealthiest man Jack Ma is in a close match with contenders for his spot, as his e-commerce empire Alibaba Group fell 4.4 percent on Wednesday, one day before its scheduled earnings announcement.

Alibaba Group closed at $98.45, down 4.36 percent, marking its biggest decline since December, after the authorities accused it of failing to crack down on counterfeits goods.

"Alibaba hasn't paid enough attention to illegal operations on its platform," said the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in a report on Wednesday. "Alibaba faces not only the biggest credibility crisis since its founding, but also casts a negative influence for other e-commerce operators."

Attention has been drawn to the e-commerce behemoth since its mega-sized initial public offering in September last year, which raised a record $25 billion. Its shares have soared 44.8 percent from $68 each.

Along the surge in stock price, Jack Ma, with about 7.8 percent stake in Alibaba Group, has become Asia's wealthiest person with a $28.6 billion fortune, according to Bloomberg in December.

However, the decline on Wednesday diminished Alibaba's market cap by 60 billion yuan, reported the 21st Century Business Herald, which equals to a $780 million decrease in Ma's wealth.

According to Bloomberg, 19 analysts estimate the company to report an average of 6.8 percent growth in net income to 8.9 billion yuan in the three months ended in December.

Strong contenders

The wealth gap between Jack Ma and Wang Jianlin, president of Dalian Wanda Group, has narrowed, according to 21st Century Business Herald, after Wang's cinema line started trading on Jan 22.

Wanda Cinema set its issue price at 21.35 yuan per share at Shenzhen Stock Exchange and has more than doubled since the IPO and closed at 45 yuan on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper earlier, Wang Jianlin will surpass Jack Ma and reclaim his spot as China's wealthiest person if the Cinemas' share reaches 60 yuan, which is in line with the target price analysts earlier issued.

Both Wanda Cinemas and Wanda Commercial Properties are two listed arms of the Dalian-based Group.

China's solar energy giant Li Hejun, chairman of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, is said to be another contender for Jack Ma's top ranking, as the company's share price has more than tripled in the past six months from HK$1.18 to HK$3.6 each.

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