Alibaba's Jack Ma Attends Lakers Game With WME's Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell
Ma, founder of "the biggest entertainment company in the world," joins the courtside elite at Staples Center
The roster of Hollywood elite who steal the spotlight at Lakers games has a new player. Jack Ma, the richest man in China and founder of Alibaba, "the biggest entertainment company in the world," was seen courtside at Staples Center Tuesday night, flanked by William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell and actor Jet Li.
Nathan Hubbard, the head of commerce at Twitter and former Ticketmaster CEO, captured the sighting with a tweet:
Ps - Jack Ma is sitting with Ari Emmanuel. In case you needed more proof who runs Hollywood.— Nathan Hubbard (@NathanCHubbard) October 29, 2014
Ma told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that he is in Southern California to learn from Hollywood and discuss the impact of China's growing middle class on the film market. He is also reportedly meeting with studio executives to buy online content.
There may be a new Jack in town, but Lakers staple Jack Nicholson still drew plenty of attention from fans tweeting about the game against the Houston Rockets.