Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the (...)

Stephen Hung has ordered 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

How many Rolls-Royce cars can you buy for $20m? One Chinese businessman knows the answer.In the biggest ever single order, Stephen Hung, the flamboyan(...)

Paul Costelloe with Nicholas, left, and William, two of his three sons whose paintings are about to go on show in an upcoming art exhibition in Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Wiard

Paul Costelloe is a very busy man. He’s hard to catch, constantly travelling between Asia and London, where he is based. But he is about to return (...)

A protester carries a banner demanding universal suffrage during protests in Hong Kong earlier this week. Photograph:  Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Dressed in black and carrying large black shrouds, thousands of activists marched through Hong Kong at the weekend protesting against the territory’s (...)

Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Tourist at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok: the biggest visitors to Thailand are the Chinese. who spent €4.64 billion there last year. Photograph: Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty

Economic data this week showed that Thailand avoided a technical recession last month as investors cautiously return to the southeast Asian country af(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

Alibaba’s billionaire founder Jack Ma. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to boost the price of its initial public offering amid strong investor demand, potentially making it the biggest in hi(...)

Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

China’s parliament said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for 2017 elections in Hong Kong, dashing hopes of greater democracy and r(...)

 Protesters attend a rally organised by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Pro-democracy activists vowed today to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right(...)

Rusal Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter is seen at sunset near the town of Sayanogorsk in Russia’s Siberian Khakassia region. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s United Company Rusal, which owns the Aughinish Alumina plant in Shannon, today reported it had returned to profit for the first time in five (...)