humble grocery store owner in Zhejiang province has become a social media star and seen his business flourish thanks to his resemblance to China’s most famous entrepreneur.
39-year-old Wu Xuelin now boasts more than 1.35 million followers on his social media channels where he markets himself as “Litte Jack Ma” (小马哥). Wu says that people often mistake him for the Alibaba founder, adding that he is “happy” and “proud” to be Ma’s doppelgänger.
The resemblance has also boosted Wu’s business, with people expressly coming into his shop in the city of Tongxiang so that they can buy a pack of cigarettes from “Boss Ma.” Wu claims that he would not give up his grocery store even if the real Jack Ma offered to take him under his wing.
You can watch a video about Wu below from the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Jack Ma.
Despite his rather distinctive look, Jack Ma actually has a slew of lookalikes in China. Of the group, Wu may well be the least convincing. There’s this farmer and roadside wild mushroom salesman from rural Sichuan province:
And, of course, this 8-year-old kid from rural Jiangxi province:
But not everyone can be born lucky. One young entrepreneur from Shenzhen was forced to spend 1 million yuan on plastic surgeries so that he might look more like his personal hero.