The Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000 to 2009

Robyn Twomey
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Jack Ma of Alibaba.com

If the great story of the decade is the rise of Chinese capitalism--and the opportunities and perils that China's economic power presents for American businesses--then Jack Ma is a protagonist for our age. Alibaba.com, the company he started in China in 1999, helps to connect thousands of businesses at every point in the global supply chain with one another. In all of these small transactions, Ma seems something quite huge. “I want to create one million jobs, change China's social and economic environment, and make it the largest Internet market in the world,” he told Inc. in 2008.