Alibaba's biggest investments in 2017

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In a good year for Alibaba it spent big on investments. Here’s this year’s top action.




Funding round: $2.9 billion

Country: China

Paying nearly $3 billion for a one-third stake, Alibaba invested in Sun Art Retail, which operates several well-known supermarket brands.




Acquisition amount: $2.6 billion

Country: China

Alibaba made its first serious push into brick-and-mortar retail back in early 2014 when it ploughed nearly $700 million into department store and mall firm Intime.




Funding round: $1.1 billion

Country: Indonesia

In August, it doubled down on its 2016 Lazada acquisition – which gave the Chinese firm an online shopping empire across much of Southeast Asia – by throwing a lot of money at Indonesian ecommerce app Tokopedia.




Funding round: $1 billion

Country: Indonesia

Alibaba upped its stake in Lazada in April, paying an extra billion bucks to go from 51 to 83 percent.




Funding round: $1 billion

Country: China

China’s growing hunger for food delivery led Alibaba to once again invest in, which emerged as the leading meal-delivery app.




Acquisition amount: $799 million

Country: China

Cainiao is Alibaba’s logistics wing, running a network of warehouses and trucking partners.




Funding round: $700 million

Country: China

Both  Ofo and Mobike were bolstered by colossal funding rounds as they raced to expand overseas.




Funding round: $335 million

Country: China

Souche – literally “search car” in Chinese – lives up to its name as a search engine for secondhand car buyers.




Funding round: $300 million

Country: China

Fresh foods app Yiguo operates in more than 200 cities across China, with those in some of the largest cities getting same-day delivery.



Funding round: $280 million

Country: India

Over in India, Alibaba is in the late stages of a move to invest in groceries startup BigBasket. .

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