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Yahoo BusinessOct 27, 2020
Jack Ma's Ant Plans Early Book Close for Hong Kong IPO
(Bloomberg) -- Jack Ma's Ant Group Co. is planning to stop taking investor orders for the Hong Kong leg of its initial public offering a day earlier than scheduled as the record stock sale has already been heavily subscribed, according to people familiar with the matter.Demand has been so great the Hangzhou-based firm is set to close the institutional investor order book on Wednesday, said the people, requesting not to be identified because the matter is private. The company was initially planning to close the Hong Kong book at 5 p.m. Thursday for each region globally, according to terms of the deal obtained by Bloomberg News. The potential move would bring the closing in line with the Shanghai leg.A representative for Ant declined to comment.Ant is seeking to raise about $34.5 billion through IPOs in Shanghai and Hong Kong, a blockbuster listing that will be the biggest IPO ever and make it one of the most valuable finance firms on the planet. The operator of the Alipay platform will have a market value of about $315 billion based on filings Monday, bigger than JPMorgan Chase & Co. and more than the gross domestic product of Finland. The sale vaults Ma's fortune to $71.6 billion, topping the Walmart Inc. heirs.This is "a homecoming for capital markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong," said John Ho, founder of Janchor Partners. Ho, who invested $400 million in Ant two years ago, said he's trying to get more Hong Kong shares, adding that being able to invest in Ant "is priceless."The IPO is attracting interest from some of the

CNBC FinanceOct 26, 2020
Ant Group to raise $34.5 billion, valuing it at over $313 billion, in biggest IPO of all time
Ant Group will raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering (IPO) after setting the price for its shares on Monday, making it the biggest listing of all time.

Yahoo BusinessOct 26, 2020
Jack Ma Wealth Surges Above Walmart Heirs' With Record Ant IPO
(Bloomberg) -- Jack Ma, the former English teacher who co-founded Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. with $60,000, is poised to become the world's 11th richest person after Ant Group Co. priced shares for a record initial public offering.Ma's 8.8% stake is worth $27.4 billion based on the stock pricing in Hong Kong and Shanghai. That will take the 56-year-old's fortune to $71.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, exceeding that of Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison, L'Oreal SA heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and individual members of the Waltons, whose family own Walmart Inc. Ant's mammoth listing is poised to boost the fortunes of a group of early investors and employees. The company has granted staff share-based awards since 2014 and at least 18 other people have become billionaires from the IPO. Lucy Peng, a director at the payments giant, is the biggest individual Ant owner after Ma, and has a $5.2 billion stake. Chairman Eric Jing's holding is worth $3.1 billion.Ant is set to raise almost $35 billion, beating Saudi Aramco's $29 billion sale last year. The Shanghai stock priced at 68.8 yuan ($10.27) apiece and its Hong Kong shares at HK$80 ($10.32) each. The company could raise another $5.2 billion if it exercises its green shoe options, taking its market value to about $320 billion. That would be more than JPMorgan Chase & Co. and four times bigger than Goldman Sachs Group Inc.The big winners of the listing own their stakes through two limited partnerships registered in Hangzhou that together hold
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