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Alibaba - From Crazy to Richest - What Is The World's Largest IPO Telling Us?


How many chief executives would dress up in leather, a Mohican wig, put on lipstick and a nose ring and sing Elton John's "Can you Feel the Love Tonight?" to their employees?

1. When the Alibaba Group starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange as "BABA" on Friday, many ATCA 5000 distinguished members may ask: “Ali who?”

2. The world's largest Initial Public Offering (IPO) on Thursday, valued Alibaba at USD 168 billion and raised nearly USD 22 billion. Can one imagine the enormous quantum of wealth that is being generated via this IPO?

3. In a time of economic rebalancing, when few big companies are growing strongly, a Chinese business like Alibaba -- named after a fabled, poor woodsman who discovers a thieves' den full of treasures -- stands out brightly; More...