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Alibaba acquires stake in Wanda Film as the entertainment conglomerate scales back on debt

Yesterday, real estate and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group announced (in Chinese) that it had sold a 12.77% stake in its film subsidiary, Wanda Film, for RMB 7.8 billion ($1.24 billion dollars). The buyers of the minority stake are e-commerce giant Alibaba and the state-backed Cultural Investment Holdings. Alibaba will be acquiring a 7.66% stake […]

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LY.com Merges Wanda Tourism, A Final Move Towards IPO?

LY.com, a leading player in China’s local attraction ticket arena, announced on Sunday it’s going to merge Wanda Tourism, the traveling arm of Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, with a mixture of cash and stock. After the transaction, LY.com’s market valuation will exceed 20 billion RMB (around $2.98 billion USD) with a cash deposit of […]

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Vivo becomes official World Cup sponsor until 2023

Editor’s note: A version of this post first appeared on Yicai Global, the English-language financial news service of Shanghai Media Group. Yicai Global is one of just two dedicated Chinese news feeds connected to the Bloomberg terminal. China’s smartphone maker Vivo will become an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cups 2018 and 2022 to be […]

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Alibaba and Tencent founders are now China’s richest people

Founders of two Chinese tech giants are now the richest people in the country, according to latest estimates by Forbes. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, unseated Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate developer as well as the world’s largest movie theater operator in May to become China’s richest person. As of July 21, Ma has a net worth […]