Now he's vanished and no one knows where he is.
Ma, a member of the Communist Party who famously started out as an English teacher, symbolized the high-tech "China Dream" until he ran afoul of the political leaders who once lionized him. He hasn't been seen in public for two months.
"China used Jack Ma and Alibaba as well as some of the other big fintech companies to show the world what great leaders they were," Craig Singleton, a China expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told The Post.
"But these private sector companies were operating without government controls and Jack got a little too far out ahead of his skis. You only have to step out of line once and they'll get you. He's probably been smacked pretty hard."