Jack Ma: 14 Amazing Facts About Alibaba's Co-Founder

He Started Out As An English Teacher, Earning $12 To $15 Per Month

After he graduated from Hangzhou Teachers University – now known as Hangzhou Normal University – with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1988, Ma was the only one chosen out of 500 students to be a university teacher.

It was a stroke of good luck, and it was probably an honor. During his stint as an English teacher, he was earning somewhere between 100 to 120 Renminbi a month. At the time, that was equivalent to roughly about $12 to $15.

He spent a total of five years teaching before he moved on to other things, including but not limited to starting his own businesses.

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