A multibillion-dollar fine slapped on Alibaba by Chinese regulators has given a huge boost to the e-commerce giant’s shares, and to the fortune of founder Jack Ma.
Hong Kong-listed shares of Alibaba have rallied for two days in a row. After a strong opening in Hong Kong on Tuesday, they were up nearly 0.5% later in the day, adding to gains of more than 6% on Monday. The company’s US-listed shares surged more than 9% on Monday, marking the biggest growth in almost four years.
The founder of the online giant, Jack Ma, gained from the rally. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, his net worth grew by $2.3 billion to hit $52.1 billion. He is currently the 25th richest man in the world, and the third richest person in China.
Over the weekend, China’s market regulators imposed an 18.2 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) fine on Alibaba, which amounts to 4% of the company’s revenues in 2019. Despite the penalty being the highest of its kind on record, it’s still better than the maximum possible under Chinese law.
The authorities ruled that the online giant was involved in anti-competitive practices, forcing merchants to avoid rival e-commerce platforms. Alibaba immediately accepted the fine, promising to ensure a more open operating environment for its merchants and partners.