One of China’s richest men, Jack Ma, is to step down as executive chairman of the Alibaba e-commerce empire on Monday, the New York Times reported.
He will remain on Alibaba’s board of directors but focus on philanthropy in education, the newspaper said.
Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has seen it become one of the world’s biggest internet companies.
With a market value of more than $400bn (£309bn), it includes online selling, film production and cloud computing.
In an interview with the Times, former English teacher Mr Ma said retirement would not be the end of an era but “the beginning of an era”, adding: “I love education”.