ack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, will fund the education of his 8-year-old doppelganger, according to a statement e-commerce giant Alibaba released last Sunday.
The boy, Fan Xiaoqin, earned the nickname "mini Jack Ma" when photos of him showing a striking resemblance to Jack Ma were posted online last year.
Ma was impressed with the look-alike.
"At first glance, I thought it was a photo of me when I was little," he wrote in a post on Sina Weibo last year. "I thought I was looking into a mirror."
"The only difference between us is the way we fastened our buttons," he added.
Born into a poor family, the child and his elder brother have never attended school. Social media users urged Ma to help the child.
Jack Ma announced his decision within the company to fund the boy's education, from primary school to college.