History and Milestones

Alibaba Group was established in 1999 by 18 people led by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. From the outset, the company’s founders shared a belief that the Internet would level the playing field by enabling small enterprises to leverage innovation and technology to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies. Since launching its first website helping small Chinese exporters, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to sell internationally, Alibaba Group has grown into a global leader in online and mobile commerce. Today the company and its related companies operate leading wholesale and retail online marketplaces as well as businesses in cloud computing, digital media and entertainment, innovation initiatives and others.

Alibaba Group organizes its inaugural Ali Chinese New Year Shopping Festival.
An offline activity of the inaugural Ali Chinese New Year Shopping Festival
Alibaba Group exceeds RMB3 trillion in FY2016 gross merchandise volume (GMV) on its China retail marketplaces and subsequently becomes the largest retail economy in the world.
Alibaba Group enters into an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Lazada, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia.
Alibaba Group launches the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (AGLA) program, a talent development program dedicated to fostering future Alibaba global leaders.
First batch of AGLA program participants
Alibaba Group launches OS'Car, the first YunOS-enabled, mass produced internet car, in collaboration with SAIC Motor Corp.
The first OS'Car
The Alibaba Foundation holds the Inaugural Xin Philanthropy Conference.
The Inaugural Xin Philanthropy Conference
Alibaba Group hosts the inaugural Taobao Maker Festival to showcase the creative ideas and designs of Taobao merchants to the world.
The inaugural Taobao Maker Festival
The concept of an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) envisioned by Jack Ma is included in the official communiqué of the G20 summit and gains support from World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo.
Alibaba Group announces the formal establishment of the Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group.
Alibaba Cloud announces the opening of four new data centers in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe (Frankfurt), Australia (Sydney) and Japan (Tokyo).