Alibaba CEO Jack Ma Pokes Fun at his ‘Ugly’ Face

As the old Ray Stevens tune goes, “everything is beautiful, in its own way.”

Even Jack Ma, the billionaire founder and CEO of Alibaba, who has, from time to time, been mocked about the way he looks.

Some, cruel souls that they are, have even gone so far as to compare the 51-year-old entrepreneur to Lord of the Rings character, Gollum.


Ma decided to poke fun at himself this time. He recently posted four captioned pictures, including a Picasso painting, which netizens on Weibo had been commenting looked just like him.

Ma joined along in the mockery himself by posting some photos that, like the Picasso painting, are not him but bear a strong resemblance. Here they are with his comments translated into English.

Classy stuff, Jack. Well played, sir.

Alibaba Jack Ma Ugly Photos


1. “Is Picasso’s painting that good, or because the man he draws is just too good-looking? I noticed this Picasso painting the first time I went to the Metropolitan Museum. I was never able to fully understand the unique angle this master took towards beauty until I saw this man in the painting. This is the master’s view of aesthetics, I would not be surprised if this piece of work sells for zillions.”

2. ”I thought someone uploaded my childhood photo when I first saw this kid. Look how valiant he is, feels like I am looking into a mirror. But back then, I had a “brick” in my hand, left home in tidy clothes with 5 buttons, and came back with no more than 2 buttons.”

Alibaba Jack Ma Ugly Photos

3. “This did not scare away the audience, what else should I be afraid of? Right! Just be yourself! Only a true self can be a real happy one. People say there are all kinds of fish in the sea. But I say, when the fish is big enough, it can find any kind of sea it wants.”

4. “I hope I can be just half as leisurely as this old man when I am old. Maybe someday, when I lose all my teeth, I can go back to my hometown: drink some wine, have a light meal, just spend all day looking at the sky, the flowers, the birds…”

The messages, posted late Sunday on China’s most popular microblogging site Weibo, have scored more than 47,000 likes and 15,000 shares as of noon today.

As of noon today, Ma’s posts have more than 47,000 likes and 15,000 shares on China’s most popular microblogging site Weibo.

Images and translation via The People’s Daily Online

Bobby McGill

Bobby McGill

Bobby is the founder and publisher of Branding in Asia.

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