Alibaba Group Head, Jack Ma, Learned How to Make a Speech from Watching Whitney Houston

Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group speaks during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images North America)
Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group speaks during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images North America)

Jack Ma, the richest man in China and the head of the e-commerce site Alibaba Group, is a huge movie fan.

Speaking to the WSJDLive conference here, he told how he learned how to make a speech by watching Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard.

“When she sings, I watched her body movement,” he said. “I realized, if you sing from your heart,” you can make a speech.

Ma, who said he planned to meet with Hollywood studios Tuesday to talk about financing movies to play in China and on devices, cited other favorite movies as inspiration, including the Godfather films, and Forrest Gump.

“These are my muse, my inspirations.”

The Alibaba sites get 100 million visitors daily — but newsflash — Ma says he’s never shopped online. “But my wife does.”

Ma spoke often about his wife. He said he asked her when he started Alibaba, would she rather be rich or respected. She chose “respected, because she never thought I’d be rich.”

SOURCE: USA Today
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