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Jack Ma’s Ant IPO Lures $3 Trillion of Bids in Retail Frenzy

  • Retail portion of Shanghai sale was 872 times oversubscribed
  • ‘Everyone is taking part, so I feel like I should too’
Ant Group Headquarters as Fintech Giant Plans $17.5 Billion Hong Kong IPO
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The biggest initial public offering of all time has unleashed an investor frenzy for the record books.

Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co. attracted at least $3 trillion of orders from individual investors for its dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, enough money to buy JPMorgan Chase & Co. 10 times over. Bidding was so intense in Hong Kong that one brokerage’s platform briefly shut down after becoming overwhelmed by orders. Demand for the retail portion in Shanghai exceeded initial supply by more than 870 times.