Alibaba founder Jack Ma was spotted at a school in China after a long absence


alibaba founder Jack Mawho has rarely been seen in public for the past three years has resurfaced at a school in China‘s Hangzhou, according to media reports.

The 58-year-old has kept a low profile since he criticized China’s financial regulators in 2020.

Ma was the most high-profile Chinese billionaire to disappear amid a crackdown on tech entrepreneurs, the BBC reported.

He recently returned to China after more than a year abroad, according to the South China Morning Mail.

Alibaba’s newspaper said he had a short stopover in Hong Kong where he met friends and also briefly visited Art Basel, an international art fair.

It added that Ma has traveled to various countries to learn about agricultural technology, but did not mention why he had disappeared from public view in recent years.

Ma, a former English teacher, met the staff and toured the classrooms at the school Yungu School in Hangzhou, the city where Alibaba’s headquarters is located.

He spoke about the potential challenges of artificial intelligence for education, according to the school’s social media page, the BBC reported.

“ChatGPT and similar technologies are just the beginning of the AI ​​era. We should use artificial intelligence to solve problems instead of being controlled by them,” he said.

Once China’s richest man, Ma relinquished control of financial technology giant Ant Group in January this year.

It was seen by some commentators as further evidence that he was in breach of the Chinese Communist Party for becoming outspoken and too powerful, the BBC reported.

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