Ari Emanuel Travels to China to Continue Wooing Alibaba's Jack Ma

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Sources say the WME co-CEO, who attended a Lakers game with China's richest man last month, has made it a personal mission to become Ma's unofficial adviser on all things Hollywood

This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Ari Emanuel is taking his courtship of Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma global. The WME co-CEO, who one-upped rivals by squiring China’s richest man to a Lakers game during a late-October trip to L.A., paid a visit to Ma’s Shanghai office Nov. 5. 

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Emanuel also was in Shanghai for the HSBC Champions golf tournament, managed by new WME division IMG — but sources say he has made it a personal mission to become Ma’s unofficial adviser on all things Hollywood.

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