Chinese billionaire and businessman Jack Ma has been missing after criticizing the Chinese government.
Jack Ma Missing. “Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not been seen for more than two months after publicly attacking Beijing finance officials — even skipping his own reality show, according to reports.” [NY Post]
Ma Criticized The Chinese Government In An October 2020 Speech. “His disappearance is being linked to a frank speech he made in October at the Bund Summit in Shanghai, in which he was critical of regulators for stifling innovation and said Middle Kingdom banks have a “pawnshop mentality.” His address reportedly upset Chinese officials.” [Deadline]
Ma Disappeared From His Reality TV Show. “Speculation as to Ma’s whereabouts was recently triggered by a Jan. 1 report by the Financial Times that said Ma had disappeared as the face of African reality show “Africa’s Business Heroes,” in which he served on the judging panel. In previous iterations of the show, contestants pitched business ideas directly to Ma and competed for financial prizes provided by the charitable Jack Ma Foundation.” [Variety]