Jack Ma debuted on Twitter and he did it communicating that he sent help to the United States to fight the coronavirus
In just a few hours, the founder of Alibaba already has more than 130,000 followers
The United States is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic
The founder of Alibaba, Jack MaIn just a few years, he has become one of the richest men in the world, but also a highly influential figure globally.
Although since September last year Ma has distanced himself from the e-commerce giant after resigning as CEO of the company, he has not ceased to be seen as an example to follow in the business world and his influence is heard in forums as large as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
A simple tweet exemplifies it
Since the global health alert was issued for the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, various personalities from politics, business, sports and even shows have sought to influence the collective sentiment to pay for calm and encourage them to rely on official sources of information such as the WHO and the respective health authorities in each country.
In the case of Jack Ma it has gone a little further. Today the Chinese philanthropist has announced that he wants to contribute through various donations of material to carry out diagnostic tests and protection masks to various countries affected by the pandemic.
Various media have realized this intention, however, this Monday Ma has decided to communicate it in her own way and did so through her Twitter profile, a social network in which she debuts with a message stating that: The first post from the mask and coronavirus test kit to the United States takes off from Shanghai.
The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl
Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
After that tweet, the founder of Alibaba detailed in another message that his foundation, in collaboration with the Alibaba Foundation, have also sent material to fight COVID-19 to Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain.
Africa can be one step ahead of the coronavirus. To each of the 54 African countries, we will donate 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields. Thank you @PMEthiopia @AbiyAhmedAli for your support. pic.twitter.com/6oKptVCjNx
Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
Why is it an example of influence and leadership?
In complex times, the presence of leadership from different sectors is always required to help both the economy and society face a crisis with greater confidence.
In the case of Jack Ma, his message has so far received more than 336 thousand Likes, 59 thousand retweets and almost 12 thousand comments, mostly with a positive feeling. Undoubtedly, this demonstrates its influence, since the result is not only by the action, but by the origin of it.
Although it is not the only one, an example of this is that in collaboration with Manny pacquiao, boxer and Philippine senator, donated 50 thousand kits of detecting the coronavirus in the Philippines In the United States, cases such as that of Karl-Anthony Towns, who donated $ 100,000 to carry out research on the virus, something similar to the MLB who did the same with 1 million dollars, or the Manchester City, who in England give food and flowers to the coronavirus.
But, somehow, some specialists have lacked a show of leadership by prominent figures not only in the business world, but also in public opinion.
Jack Ma is considered to be one of the 20 wealthiest people in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index; His assets are valued at more than 43,900 million dollars. He founded Alibaba in 1999.
In recent days we have seen how companies like Walmart Y TargetThey have arranged part of their infrastructure and resources to support the detection and combat actions against the coronavirus, but in a Peter Csathy, in an article recently published in Forbes, more is missing.
The author questions the lack of action by large entrepreneurs, many of them highly influential in society and business, in particular, mentions Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, both with great potential in both infrastructure and economic resources to support a crisis of this magnitude.
While, Facebook has announced various actions to support the work to combat the coronavirus, the article states that for companies of this magnitude it is time to give back, to serve the common good, to empower others immediately. To demonstrate that your brands mean more than just trade.
An example of this is what he has done Bill gates that, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, works with local governments to provide coronavirus test kits to residents of the Seattle area.