The biggest e-commerce company you’ve never heard of is about to strike it rich on the New York Stock Exchange.
Alibaba, a set of Chinese trading websites that have beaten the likes of Amazon and eBay combined in sales, has launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO).
At $68 per share, the company has been valued at nearly $168 billion.
Founder Jack Ma, who started his first site from a one bedroom flat, is now set to join the likes of Bill Gates into the ranks of tech billionaires by netting around $14 billion from the sale.
Looking likely to be the most successful IPO of all time, Alibaba is now looking to expand globally, and has even applied for a banking licence in China.
Shares will make their debut on Friday.