It's safe to say that 2017 has been good to Jack Ma, who took a few chances and made $10.8 billion this year—raising his net worth to $44.1 billion.

Ma is best known for founding Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce network. Based in Hangzhou, Alibaba operates Taobao, an online shopping site, and Tmall, a platform for companies to open online stores.

What's next for this self-made billionaire? He's hinted he may go back to school and teach when his thirst for starting companies is quenched. But don't hold your breath. There's surely more brilliant biz to come before that happens.