Membership was revealed by the People's Daily, the official organ of the CCP. The newspaper reported that Ma, 54, is one of the hundred Chinese famous to whom the CPC Central Committee plans to pay tribute "for its contributions to reform and openness" (economically in the country, which this year is fulfilled 40 years old).
But he is not the first and probably not the last Chinese millionaire capitalist to join the CCP, which also has the founder of the Wanda Group, Wang Jianlin, among others.
According to Forbes magazine, Ma is the richest man in China, with an estimated fortune of $ 35.8 billion (about 31.6 billion euros), thanks to Alibaba, one of the most successful online shopping businesses on the planet. Last September, Ma announced that he will withdraw from his post as President of Alibaba next year.
The People's Daily notes that Ma is a member of the CCP who played an important role in boosting the initiative of the "Silk Routes", an ambitious program of Euro-Asian investment in infrastructure of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is also considered one of the "prominent architects of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the province of Zhejiang," where Alibaba is headquartered.