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Alibaba Group Holding Limited, or Alibaba (Chinese: 阿里巴巴), is a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology. Founded on 28 June 1999 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, the company provides consumer-to-consumer (C2C), business-to-consumer (B2C), and business-to-business (B2B) sales services via web portals, as well as electronic payment services, shopping search engines, and cloud computing services. It owns and operates a diverse portfolio of companies around the world in numerous business sectors.
|Founded||28 June 1999; 23 years ago (1999-06-28)|
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
|Headquarters||No. 969 West Wen Yi Road, |
|Revenue||¥853.062 billion RMB (US$134.567 billion, 2022)|
|¥69.638 billion RMB (US$10.985 billion, 2022)|
|¥47.079 billion RMB (US$7.427 billion, 2022)|
|Total assets||¥1.696 trillion RMB (US$267.467 billion, 2022)|
|Total equity||¥1.073 trillion RMB (US$169.189 billion, 2022)|
|Owner||SoftBank Group (23.9%)|
Number of employees
|254,941 (31 March 2022)|
|Subsidiaries||See companies and affiliated entities|
On 19 September 2014, Alibaba's initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange raised US$25 billion, giving the company a market value of US$231 billion and, by far, then the largest IPO in world history. It is one of the top 10 most valuable corporations, and is named the 31st-largest public company in the world on the Forbes Global 2000 2020 list. In January 2018, Alibaba became the second Asian company to break the US$500 billion valuation mark, after its competitor Tencent. As of 2022[update], Alibaba has the ninth-highest global brand valuation.
Alibaba is one of the world's largest retailers and e-commerce companies. In 2020, it was also rated as the fifth-largest artificial intelligence company. It is also one of the biggest venture capital firms and investment corporations in the world, as well as the second largest financial services group behind Visa via its fintech arm Ant Group. The company hosts the largest B2B (Alibaba.com), C2C (Taobao), and B2C (Tmall) marketplaces in the world. It has been expanding into the media industry, with revenues rising by triple percentage points year after year. It also set the record on the 2018 edition of China's Singles' Day, the world's biggest online and offline shopping day.