Date
17 September 2019
Aside from business, Jack Ma has also often spoken on matters of love and relationships. Photo: Reuters
Aside from business, Jack Ma has also often spoken on matters of love and relationships. Photo: Reuters

A Valentine message from Jack Ma

It is a well-recognized fact that Jack Ma knows the secrets of business, but not many people are perhaps aware that he is also an expert on love.

Under Ma’s stewardship, Alibaba Group established a ritual of picking a date annually for mass wedding for employees, apparently one of the businessman’s tactics to keep his staff happy.

This year, on Valentine’s Day Alibaba released a video that summed up the entrepreneur’s best quotes on love, as the Hong Kong Economic Journal noted. 

Those who are acquainted with Ma know that the English teacher turned Internet tycoon likes to make fun of his appearance.

His theory is that beautiful and handsome people may draw attention, but it doesn’t mean that those who are not blessed with good looks should give up.

“So people who are not handsome – like me – would look only better as time goes by,” Ma says in the video.

“The foundation of marriage will become more solid as time goes by as we will learn how to appreciate.”

He also uses the concept of artificial intelligence to explain how a marriage can last long.
“Well you have to know your husband better than he himself does, or your wife better than she herself,” he said.

“Of course you can’t have an accurate calculation on love because it is always hard to figure if I love you more, or you love me more. At the end, you will probably say, ‘forget it!’”.

In other remarks, he says that it is hard to predict what the second generation of the Alibaba couples would be like.

But one thing seems to be sure, they will be in harmony — because both the partners could find themselves working overtime and hence have no time to quarrel.

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day, Jack!

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RC

EJ Insight writer