Jack Ma, the eccentric CEO of online marketplace Alibaba, has a well-documented flair for the theatrical. Now the South China Morning Post - a newspaper owned by Ma - reports their boss will assume a starring role in the upcoming short movie Gong Shou Dao.
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This is a golden era for rich nerds who make people uncomfortable. Remember Tesla CEO Elon Musk posing with maracas next to a mariachi band? Remember sentient ball of pizza dough Mark Zuckerberg doing his best normal guy impression? OK now forget those guys because Jack Ma set the new high watermark for inscrutable technocrat behaviour at this year's Alibaba Annual Party in Hangzhou.
While Elon Musk is running around cautioning the world about the real danger of Skynet-style warrior robots, Jack Ma would like you to consider another possible problem: CEOs might lose their overpaid gigs and there will be no golden parachute. Well, let's be honest, there probably will be a golden parachute... somehow.