Will Alibaba buy Yahoo to get out of Yahoo?


Will Alibaba buy Yahoo?

Could Alibaba make a run at Yahoo? Well, maybe. Let’s think about this: Alibaba is worth an estimated $27.5 billion (using the recent [subsidiary] Alipay transaction as a proxy), and currently Yahoo’s market cap is about $16 billion.

Industry observers clearly know Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, wants to reacquire part if not all of the 43% stake Yahoo holds—and could just buy the company outright. This scenario could work if Alibaba partners with a financial partner (private-equity firm) to spin out or operate the other businesses (mail, finance, sports, omg) as private entities.

Organizing to make this happen might be tough, but might be worth it if it is strategic enough to own. A recent Yahoo 10-Q filing shows that Alibaba’s private assets have also performed well and losses have come down sequentially in the March 2011 quarter, while revenue was up 150% year-over-year.

We’ve been following this for awhile, the big tech news this week was the Carol Bartz is out of Yahoo, but no one is really talking about Alibaba here in the USA.

Will Alibaba’s CEO end up running Yahoo! ?
Softbank CEO sees Alipay agreement with Alibaba soon
Alibaba to split, not IPO, e-commerce unit Taobao
Alibaba and Yahoo (and eBay)

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in! adafruit.com/mastodon

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !


  1. Paul J. Ste.Marie

    Amazing that Alibaba is so profitable. The scam density always seems to be pretty high. Do you ever find suppliers there?

  2. @paul, not so much.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.