|Founded||October 16, 2014Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Chinain|
|Eric Jing |
(Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer)
(Chief Technology Officer)
(Senior Vice President of Global Business)
|Products||Electronic payment processing|
Ant Financial Cloud
Number of employees
Ant Financial Services Group (Chinese: 蚂蚁金服), formerly known as Alipay, is an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group. Ant Financial is the highest valued FinTech company in the world, and the world's most valuable unicorn (start-up) company, with a valuation of US$150 billion.
In March 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ant's flagship Tianhong Yu'e Bao money-market fund was the biggest in the world, with over 588 million users of Ant's mobile payments network Alipay contributing, more than a third of China's population.
Alipay was rebranded as Ant Financial Services on 23 October 2014. In 2015, Ant Financial raised $4.5 billion in a funding round with investors such as China Investment Corp (CIC), CCB Trust, China Life, China Post Group, China Development Bank Capital and Primavera Capital Group. In 2015, the company was valued at about $45 billion. As of 26 April 2016, Ant Financial had around 450 million annual active users, with Credit Suisse estimating that 58% of China’s online payment transactions went through Alipay. In September 2016, Ant Financial bought EyeVerify Inc.
By late January 2017, Ant Financial had a valuation of $60 billion. On 26 January 2017, Ant Financial Services Group announced a deal to acquire MoneyGram International for $880 million. The companies decided to terminate the deal after approval was not granted from the CFIUS.
In September 2017, Ant Financial formed a joint venture with Sir Li Ka-shing's CK Hutchison Holdings to bring a digital wallet service in Hong Kong. In June 2018, the company launched a blockchain-powered cash remittance service that will allow real-time transfers of cash between individuals in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
On 14 February 2019, Ant Financial acquires the British international money transfer services provider "WorldFirst" for $700 million.
It operates Alipay, the world's largest mobile and online payments platform  as well as Yu’e Bao, the world's largest money-market fund. It also runs Sesame Credit, a third-party credit rating system. As of September 2017, Ant Financial unveiled its facial recognition payment technology through its Alipay services.
In September 2018, the company launched the Ant Financial Technology brand for all of its technology products and services.
The financial company Koubei was created as a joint venture in 2015 by Alibaba and Ant Financial Services Group. Ant Financial also operates credit payment company Huabei, and the online bank called MYbank.
In 2015 Ant Financial launched Ant Fortune, a wealth management platform. Yu’e Bao is one of the products on the platform. Ant Fortune offers hundreds products from more than 80 Chinese fund institutions.
In June 2017, Ant Fortune launched a Fortune Account (财富号) service platform that allows financial institutions to publish content and sell their own financial products through the platform.
- Alipay – a mobile wallet and payments app
- Huabei (Ant Credit Pay) - a virtual credit card type of product that facilitates credit payments
- MYbank - a private online bank that lives entirely on the cloud
- Jiebei (Ant Cash Now) - a consumer loan service
- Ant Fortune - a comprehensive wealth management app
- Ant Insurance Services
- Zhima Credit - an independent credit filling and scoring service for individuals
- Ant Financial Cloud - a cloud service for financial institutions
- ZOLOZ - a global biometric-based identity verification platform
- Paytm (India)
- Zomato (India)
- bKash, Bangladesh 
- Ascend Money (Thailand)
- KakaoPay (South Korea)
- Mynt (Philippines)
- Emtek (Indonesia)
- Touch 'n Go (Malaysia)
- Cheung Kong Hutchinson (Hong Kong)
In 2017, Ant Financial was ranked sixth in Fortune's Change the World list, recognized for the positive environmental impact of Ant Forest, the world's largest platform for tracking individuals' carbon footprints. Ant Forest allows users to collect "energy points" through their actions in the real world that can be used to grow virtual and ultimately real trees, with 230 million users of Alipay activating Ant Forest accounts. Ant Financial and its partners, including environmental NGOs the SEE Foundation and China Green Foundation, have thus far planted 10.25 million trees, equivalent to a 1.22 million-ton reduction in CO2 emissions.
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