Jack Ma video-bombs live-stream

Jack Ma video-bombs live-stream
Jack Ma and Hubei-based teacher Cai Mingjing in Sanya, Hainan province on Jan 14, 2019.
PHOTO: China Daily/ANN

While many high-level business executives may seem out-of-touch to most people, Alibaba founder Jack Ma took time out from his schedule to surprise a group of young students in rural Hubei by video-bombing their teacher.

Cai Mingjing was in Sanya on Monday, Jan 14, 2019, to receive a Jack Ma Rural Teacher Initiative award.

Following the award ceremony, the young woman - who teaches at a primary school in the rural city of Shiyan in Hubei - decided to fulfil an earlier promise to her students by showing them the ocean off the coast of Sanya in southern Hainan.

While live-streaming the tropical environment, which many of her younger students may never end up seeing, the entire class - and their teacher - got a surprise they're unlikely to forget: an impromptu audience with China's richest man.

Jack Ma and Hubei-based teacher Cai Mingjing in Sanya, Hainan province on Jan 14, 2019. Photo: China Daily/ANN

Jack Ma, a former educator himself, decided to insert himself into Cai Mingjing's live-chat as he was walking by, offering encouragement to the students and wishing them a happy Spring Festival.

Jack Ma and Hubei-based teacher Cai Mingjing in Sanya, Hainan province on Jan 14, 2019. Photo: China Daily/ANN

"I never thought Jack Ma would just appear and start talking with the kids," said Cai Mingjing.

54-year old Jack Ma intends to retire completely from Alibaba on his 55th birthday this coming September 10th to devote his time and some of his $40 billion fortune toward philanthropy, with a focus on education.

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