Joseph C Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as one of the eighteen founders of Alibaba. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the company until May 2013 and currently is Executive Vice Chairman of the company. Mr Tsai oversees Alibaba's strategic acquisitions and investments. He has been a member of the company's board of directors since its inception, and is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership, serving on its partnership committee.
Mr Tsai serves on the boards of several of Alibaba's investee companies, including Koubei (local services), Ele.me (food delivery), Cainiao (logistics), Alibaba Health and Magic Leap.
From 1995 to 1999, he was a private equity investor based in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden's Wallenberg family. Prior to that, he was general counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a New York management buyout firm and from 1990 to 1993, was a tax associate with the New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Mr Tsai is a qualified lawyer in the State of New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale College and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He played lacrosse as an undergraduate at Yale and lots of pick-up basketball as a law student.