Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, is suspected to be missing after he criticised the Chinese Government.
According to reports, the Chinese billionaire’s problem started when he criticised China regulators and state-owned banks for their “backwardness”.
It was gathered that he mysteriously disappeared from the public eye after Beijing cracked down on his business.
His remarks were said to have infuriated Beijing’s party brass, leading to Chinese President Xi Jinping personally ordering a halt to the offering by Alibaba’s financial affiliate company, Ant Financial, which was set to raise $34 billion in the biggest stock market debut in history, reported Hollywood Reporter.
In early November, Beijing cancelled the IPO of Ant Financial, while in late December, Chinese regulators announced that they would launch an antitrust investigation into Alibaba’s e-commerce business, as well as enforce new rules to curb Ant’s business activities.
These new enforcements led to a decline in Alibaba’s shares and Jack Ma’s personal wealth.
The billionaire has not been seen in two months and speculations are swirling around his whereabouts.
Ma was slated to appear as a star judge on the season finale of Africa’s Business Heroes.
However, that didn’t happen and the show’s broadcast was postponed.