The lady in the picture with Jack Ma is Tong Wenhong, Chief People Officer of
Alibaba Group. She joined Alibaba 20 years ago as a receptionist. When Jack Ma
was allocating company shares, he gave Tong 0.2% shares right saying it will
worth 100 billion when Alibaba goes public into the market later. He asked her
to just stay in the company, donโ€™t change to other companies and she will get
100 million when Alibaba goes public.

Tong waited years after years but Alibaba never went public. She asked Jack when
will Alibaba go public in 2004 and Jack said soon. She asked again in 2006 and
Jack said soon, again. However, she never saw it happen and never got 100

When Alibaba finally went public on the New York Stock Exchange in September
2014, it was worth 245.7 billion. Tong, the former senior receptionist, now
current CPO of Alibaba, became a billionaire from a receptionist with $1.7
Billion worth.

Can you stay in a company for 16 years? When the founder is still fighting
tirelessly, who are you to complain as a follower? They said to succeed you must
be down to earth, never be eager for quick benefits.

Loyalty isn't grey. It's black and white. You are either loyal completely, or
not loyal at all. People have to understand this. You can't be loyal only when
it serves you.

Posted by Divyanshu Varshney on LinkedIn