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Alibaba’s Jack Ma calls the ‘996’ — China’s 72-hour workweek — a ‘huge blessing’

Nicole Lyn Pesce
Alibaba’s Jack Ma calls the ‘996’ — China’s 72-hour workweek — a ‘huge blessing’

Working 12 hours a day, six days a week is a gift “beyond monetary gains,” according to China’s richest man. Billionaire Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) has repeatedly endorsed the 72-hour “996” schedule — or working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. “If we find things we like, 996 is not a problem,” Ma, 54, wrote in a lengthy blog post Sunday on Chinese social media site Weibo.