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March 22, 2016

Alibaba Executive Gives $30 Million to Yale Law School

Yale University's law school announced a $30 million donation Monday from Joseph Tsai, an alumnus and executive vice chairman of Chinese internet giant Alibaba. The gift will support the school's China Center, which will be renamed for Paul Tsai, the donor's late father and the first graduate student from Taiwan to earn a law degree at Yale.

The China Center collaborates with experts at Chinese universities, nonprofits, and government bodies to advance legal and regulatory reform in that country and improve U.S.-China relations. Joseph Tsai graduated from Yale Law in 1990 and worked at firms in New York and Hong Kong before meeting Alibaba founder Jack Ma in 1999 and joining the e-commerce firm.