Obama meets privately with Alibaba founder

Obama meets privately with Alibaba founder
 
 
Ma, whose net worth jumped this year to $33.3 billion, ate lunch with Obama, according to a White House official.
 
The meeting was private and did not appear on the president’s public schedule. 
 
Ma was spotted leaving the White House complex Tuesday afternoon. He told a Washington Post reporter that the meeting was “very good.” 
 
 
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White House aides did not say what issues the two men discussed over lunch. 
 
Obama last spoke to Ma in a public setting last November during an Asia-Pacific summit in the Philippines. 
 
The president asked the online retail magnate what governments and large businesses around the world could do to better help young entrepreneurs.
 
"Government is simple — just reduce the tax, or no tax, for these guys," Ma said, sparking a round of applause and laughter from the crowd. 
 
"You got a lot of cheers from your fellow CEOs," Obama responded.