Global Business Leader Jack Ma has revealed that was rejected for an Australian visa seven times before being allowed to visit his friend in Newcastle.
The billionaire executive chairman told an audience, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at the company's Hangzhou headquarters in China that in 1985 there was not an Australia visa category for a Chinese person wanting to visit friends, only one for academics, government officials and students.
Jack has stated "I tried seven times then I got a visa."
The lucky visit was Mr Ma's first overseas trip after meeting an Australian family outside the Shangrila Hotel on Hangzhou's West Lake. Jack was near the hotel to practice his English and had chanced upon an Australian boy of a similar age, David Morley.