支付宝助推无现金社会早日到来

When Alibaba founder Jack Ma carved out his payments business from the ecommerce giant in 2010, he pulled off a coup with multibillion-dollar implications.

2010年,当阿里巴巴创始人马云将其支付业务从这家电商巨头剥离时,他使用了一记妙招,其价值难以估量。

The true impact of this manoeuvre became apparent this week with the news that Ant Financial, the Alibaba financial arm that grew out of the original Alipay business, is preparing to launch a $9 billion private fundraising round ahead of its much anticipated initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

这种操作的实际影响最近变得明晰,当时有消息称,知情人士表示,阿里巴巴的金融关联公司、源自最初的支付宝业务的蚂蚁金服,准备在备受期待的首次公开发行之前启动90亿美元的私募。

That fundraising is expected to give Ant Financial a jaw-dropping valuation of around $150 billion, making it the world’s most highly valued unlisted technology group. To put it into perspective, that means that investors believe Ant Financial is worth 50 per cent more than Goldman Sachs.

预计此次融资将赋予蚂蚁金服约1500亿美元的惊人估值,这将令其成为全球估值最高的未上市科技公司。为了便于理解,这意味着投资者认为蚂蚁金服的价值比高盛(Goldman Sachs)高出一半。

Coinciding with the heightened tension over a possible US-China trade war, the news underlined the emergence over the past decade of a generation of Chinese technology companies that have the scale, expertise and firepower to compete with US rivals.

这一消息恰逢美中贸易战可能打响的紧张局势升级之际,消息突显出过去10年中国新一代科技公司的兴起,它们具备与美国竞争对手竞争的规模、专业技能和财力。

The Ant Financial story also demonstrates the way that China, the second-biggest economy in the world, has embraced the shift towards a cashless society more enthusiastically than Europe or the US. Consumers used Alipay last year to make $8.7 trillion in payments, according to Barclays.

蚂蚁金服的崛起还表明与欧洲或美国相比,全球第二大经济体中国转向无现金社会的热情更高。根据巴克莱的数据,去年,消费者用支付宝完成了8.7万亿美元的支付。

“These companies are like Facebook if it had a bank on top of it and everyone had a bank account [with Facebook],” says Joe Ngai, managing partner for greater China at McKinsey. “There is really nothing like this in the west.”

“如果Facebook有一个银行、而且所有人都(在Facebook)有一个银行账户,这些公司就像这样的Facebook,”麦肯锡大中华区管理合伙人倪以理表示,“西方确实没有这样的事物。”

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