Man from China spends over S$200,000 on plastic surgery to look like Alibaba founder Jack Ma

Shenzhen native Huang Jian's (left) dream is to look like Alibaba founder Jack Ma.
Shenzhen native Huang Jian's (left) dream is to look like Alibaba founder Jack Ma. PHOTOS: WEIBO, REUTERS

SHENZHEN - A young man recently spent 1 million yuan (S$207,000) on plastic surgery in South Korea in the hopes of looking like his idol Jack Ma, reported China Daily.

Mr Ma, China's second richest man with a 2016 net worth of US$27.1 billion (S$38.7 billion), is the founder of e-commerce company Alibaba Group.

Huang Jian, who works as a salesman, said his goal is to meet Mr Ma in person at Hupan College in Hangzhou, a school that Mr Ma and several other entrepreneurs set up for business start-ups.

Opinion on social media, meanwhile, has been split over Mr Huang's move.

 

Some felt that he must have been an excellent salesman to be able to spend that much on plastic surgery, while others called him "crazy" to go under the knife simply out of admiration for someone.

Earlier this month, Mr Ma said he would financially support the education of his eight-year-old lookalike after being moved by the boy's plight.

Little Fan Xiaoqin, aka "mini Jack Ma", had shot to popularity after Chinese Internet users noticed his striking resemblance to the billionaire.

He was reportedly born into a poor family and had never attended school.