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Alibaba Group

China

Alibaba wants to drive money into rural China in a fairly literal way. Its popular maps service, Auto-Navi, launched a “poverty alleviation map” feature in Henan province this year, designed to entice day-trippers into remote countryside towns. It flags what facilities are available, helping local restaurants, gas stations, and shops draw customers and develop an online presence.

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Impact Segment

Economic Opportunity/Financial Inclusion

Sector

Technology

Industry

Internet Services & Retailing

CEO

Daniel Zhang

Employees

66,421

Company Type

Public

Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)

$37,771

Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)

$9,673

Market Value ($M)

$462,135