Jack Ma’s Clash With Beijing Costs Ant, Alibaba $850 Billion

Jack Ma's clash with Beijing results in a colossal cost of $850 billion for Ant and Alibaba

Chinese authorities conclude their probe into Ant Group, imposing a fine of nearly $1 billion

The conflict began after Ma criticized Beijing's financial sector regulation in 2020, leading to the cancellation of Ant's record-breaking IPO

The repercussions extend beyond the fine, eroding confidence in China's private sector and impacting various sectors of the economy

Ant has had to overhaul its business model, scaling back from sensitive sectors and reducing competition with state-backed banks

Ant's valuation, initially projected at $315 billion, has plummeted to approximately $78.5 billion

The clash with Beijing has had far-reaching consequences, wiping out over $850 billion in property value for Ma

China's economic struggles, coupled with tensions with the US, put pressure on the government to restore confidence in the private sector

The long-lasting clash reflects a gap between Beijing's expectations and the reality on the ground

Alibaba's core business suffers from an antitrust probe, intensified competition, and loss of market share.