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Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Taobao Marketplace, China's largest consumer-focused e-commerce website, in Hangzhou, in this May 10, 2013 file photo.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Taobao Marketplace, China's largest consumer-focused e-commerce website, in Hangzhou, in this May 10, 2013 file photo.
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Who stands to profit from Alibaba’s monster IPO?

The big one is finally here. Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has filed for an initial public offering in New York that some estimate could reap up to $20-billion ( U.S.) later this year.

If that comes to pass, the Alibaba listing would be the largest technology IPO of all time, knocking Facebook’s 2012 listing out of the top slot. It would also be the biggest U.S. IPO in history and the fourth-largest worldwide.