Jack Ma encourages single staff members to marry within Alibaba, parents happy
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Alibaba boss Jack Ma served as chief witness at a group wedding ceremony on Thursday and gave an amusing speech to all guests and 117 newly wed couples, most of whom are employees of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province.

“I cannot prove 'marrying inside (Alibaba)' will lead to birth of pretty and high IQ babies, but one thing is certain - working in Alibaba, if you marry a colleague, in most cases you'll have a harmonious family, because both of you don't need to explain for working overtime,” the Chinese business magnate who's apparently open-minded about intracompany romance joked.

The 13th Alibaba group wedding event had received applications from 1,102 couples, among which 212 are both Ali employees. The 117 lucky pairs being invited to the group ceremony included overseas employees from Israel, India, Australia and the UK, Camgirls on Tmall platform, staff from Cainiao Logistics, and employees from other Alibaba affiliations, reported thepaper.cn, a Shanghai-based news portal.

Tong Wenhong, the CPO of Alibaba, specially convinced parents of employees who were present as guests that their daughters and sons would not become 'leftovers' in the big company as 75 percent of its employees under 35.

According to the Chief People Officer, the Ali group has over 60,000 employees with a comparatively reasonable male/female ratio of 1.9:1 compared to other Internet companies, and an average age of 31 years for all employees.

In China, young people who are not married beyond marriageable age are stigmatized as “leftover” women or men by their traditionally minded parents, relatives or sometimes meddlesome acquaintances. It's widely reported by both domestic and foreign media that the pressure on young Chinese to get married in the country has become so severe that even show-biz celebrities are not exempt.

It's not uncommon for readers to come across articles or media reports telling stories about anxious parents gathering in urban parks with leaflets elaborating their daughter or son's qualifications (to be a good life partner) in hand. The gatherings are described by the media as a 'market' for the parents to peddle their grown-up children who may refuse to find a marriage partner so soon as requested by their old-fashioned parents.

Certainly, despite some complaints, the widespread anxiousness among Chinese parents does get to the group of young generations. A netizen commented, “Now, an Alibaba vowing to facilitate internal marriage would gain more popularity among young people and their parents. I believe more people would want to join the company after reading the news about group wedding.”

Jack Ma, famous for his good sense of humor, also took the chance to promote Ali values and brands. “Alibaba's tenet is 'Customer First'. Congratulations! Now you've found the most important customer of your life. Our belief is our services must be good enough to make our customers scream!”

“What's AI, Alibaba Inside. AI, which in Chinese Pinyin is pronounced love! Artificial Intelligence is incapable of love but human beings are,” the Internet tycoon concluded.


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