Aliko Dangote

Nigeria / Born: 10 April 1957
Founder/Chairman of Dangote Group

Alhaji Aliko Dangote is a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who is the founder and chairman of Dangote Group, an industrial conglomerate in Africa.

While his business interests currently spread across Africa, Dangote’s impressive fortune was built from very humble beginnings. In the early years, Dangote focused on importing soft commodities, including rice, frozen fish, sugar and baby food into Nigeria. Today, his business interests have expanded into local production of cement, salt, flour and recently, petroleum refining.

The son of Mohammed Dangote and Mariya Sanusi Dantata, herself the daughter of Sanusi Dantata. He is the great-grandson of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata, the richest West African at the time of his death in 1955.

Dangote was educated at the Sheikh Ali Kumasi Madrasa, followed by Capital High School, Kano. In 1978, he graduated from the Government College, Birnin Kudu. He received a bachelor's degree in business studies and administration from Al-Azhar University, Cairo.



Dr Sam Motsuenyane

South Africa / Born: 11 February 1927
Founding/Chairman of African Bank - Nafcoc

Dr Sam Motsuenyane, Motsuenyane is the founding chairman of African Bank and was president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) for more than 24 years.

The doyen of black business, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards for his pioneering work in promoting entrepreneurship and black business in the townships during the dark days of apartheid.

Motsuenyane is the founding chairman of African Bank and was president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) for more than 24 years.

“We are still trapped in the culture of the past, where blacks depended on white people for jobs. Unemployment will not be decreased. They [whites] are a minority in our country and their population is [small] compared to blacks. If we do not create jobs ourselves, we are going to live with unemployment for a long time".

“One of the highs was when we succeeded to establish the African Bank — it took us 10 years to raise R10-million. The government imposed many obstacles, which were not of a business nature, but political … we were forced to have white bosses on the board of the African Bank".

The other important development was when we started the Black Chain in Soweto. We wanted to target the buying power of black people. Black income doesn’t circulate for a long time in the black community, because we are a nation of consumers. We end up supporting the same people we are running from. We must spend our money in the townships. That is the challenge of the future.”



Nassef Onsi Sawiris

Egypt / Born: 1961
Chairman: Orascom Construction

Nassef Onsi Sawiris Egyptian Arabic: is an Egyptian billionaire businessman, the youngest of Onsi Sawiris' three sons (his brothers are Naguib and Samih). As of April 2019, his net worth was estimated to be $7.5 billion, and the fourth richest African in 2019, according to Forbes.

He joined the Orascom group in 1982 and oversaw the construction activities of Orascom Construction following the transfer of management control from his father Onsi Sawiris in 1995.
He became CEO of Orascom Construction Industries following the company's incorporation in 1998. He served on the board of Besix, following OCI SAE acquiring a 50% stake in the company in 2004, and a member of the enumeration and nominations committee until 2017.

In January 2013, he became CEO OCI NV when they acquired the former parent company OCI SAE.In 2015, he was elected a board member of LafargeHolcim, having served on Lafarge SA's board since 2008.
In October 2015, it was reported that Sawiris had acquired a stake in Adidas AG via his investment company NNS Holding Sàrl Luxembourg. In 2016 he was appointed as supervisory director of Adidas AG, Herzogenaurach, Germany.

It was announced in July 2018 that Sawiris would replace Tony Xia as chairman of Aston Villa F.C. following the purchase of a 55% controlling stake by NSWE, a company jointly owned and controlled by Sawiris' group NNS and American billionaire Wes Edens.



Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim

Sudane / Born: 3 May 1946
Founder Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries.

After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance.

He is also a member of the Africa regional advisory board of London Business School.

In 2007 he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which awards a $5 million initial payment, and a $200,000 annual payment for life to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and democratically transfer power to their successors. Ibrahim has pledged to give at least half of his wealth to charity by joining The Giving Pledge.

In 1989 he founded MSI, a consultancy and software company, which in 2000 was bought by the Marconi Company. Originally the company was helping the cellular industry designing their networks, before they shifted their focus to mobile phones in the late 1990s. MSI had 800 employees, who owned approximately 30% of the stock at the point of its sale; Ibrahim says he gave employees stock as a form of bonus.
In 1998, MSI spun off MSI-Cellular Investments, later renamed Celtel, as a mobile phone operator in Africa.



Michael Adenuga Jr

Nigeria / Born: 29 April 1953
Chairman Conoil Producing/Globacom

Chief Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr, is a Nigerian billionaire businessman, Dr. Mike Adeniyi Ishola Adenuga Jr, has founded and successfully nurtured many businesses to fruition in Energy, Oil & Gas, Banking, Telecommunication, Real Estate and various other sectors.

He is the driving force and energetic Chairman of: Conoil Producing & Globacom.

His company Globacom is Nigeria's second-largest telecom operator, which has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company).

In 1990, he received a drilling license and in 1991, his Consolidated Oil struck oil in the shallow waters of Southwestern Ondo State, the first indigenous oil company to do so in commercial quantity. He was issued a conditional GSM licence in 1999; after it was revoked he received a second one when the government held another auction in 2003. His telecom company Globacom spread quickly and started challenging the giant MTN Group. It launched services in Benin in 2008, and has continued its spread across Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, with more licences currently being prospected in other West African countries.



Abdul Rabiu

Nigeria / Born: 4 August 1960
Chairman/Founder: BUA Group

Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu (born in Kano, Nigeria) is a Nigerian businessman.
His late father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, was one of Nigeria's foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s.
Abdul Samad BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate concentrating on manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture and producing a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of the Nigerian Bank of Industry (BOI).

In July 7, 2020, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad's wealth at $3.2 billion, putting him 716th in the global billionaire's club.

Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited in 1988 for the sole purpose of commodity trading. The company imported rice, edible oil, flour, and iron and steel.

In 1990, the government, which owned Delta Steel Company, contracted with BUA to supply its raw materials in exchange for finished products. This provided a much-needed windfall for the young company.
BUA expanded further into steel, producing billets, importing iron ore, and constructing multiple rolling mills in Nigeria.

A few years later, BUA acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria.
In 2005 BUA started two flour-milling plants, in Lagos and in Kano. By 2008, BUA had broken an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second-largest sugar refinery in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2009 the company went on to acquire a controlling stake in a publicly-listed Cement Company in Northern Nigeria and began to construct a $900 million cement plant in Edo State, completing it in early 2015.



Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe

South Africa / Born: 18 January 1962
Chairman/Founder: African Rainbow Minerals/Capital/Energy&Power

Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe, South African businessman and the country’s first black billionaire. Motsepe made his fortune through mining interests that eventually expanded in 2004 to form a successful multifaceted mining company, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).

In 2012, Patrice Motsepe established an energy and power company, African Rainbow Energy and Power.

In 2016, he launched a new private equity firm, African Rainbow Capital, focused on investing in Africa.

Motsepe earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Swaziland and a law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
He joined the law firm of Bowman Gilfillan in 1988 and became a partner in 1993, having worked as a visiting attorney with the American law firm McGuire, Woods, Battle & Booth in 1991–92.

In 1994 Motsepe founded a mine services company, Future Mining, and applied all of his life experience—knowledge of the mining trade and its workers, school connections, understanding of political and legal structures, and a shrewd spirit of entrepreneurship—to his new work.
In 1997 he launched ARMgold, which in 2003 merged with Harmony and acquired Anglovaal Mining (Avmin).
Motsepe was named chairman of the newly reorganized ARM in 2004, and by 2006 the company had expanded beyond gold and other metals into coal mining
. Motsepe’s growing wealth allowed him to purchase a majority percent interest in the Mamelodi Sundowns association football (soccer) club in 2003, and the next year he gained full control of the club.



Charles Ampofo

Ghana / Born: 1960
Chairman/Founder: Kampac Group

Charles Ampofo, born to his parents in Juaso, Asante Akyem District in Ghana.

He was born to a father who was a goldsmith and his mother was a house-wife. At the age of six, he lost his father and life become so hard for his mother to look after seven children, the hard situation forced him to begin working at an early age and he went through childhood difficulties just like any other African child.

He attended his O-level secondary school at Abuakwa State College and his A-level at Ahmadiyya College, finally, he went abroad in the United States of America and the United Kingdom for his university education.

Mr. Ampofo has over 30 years of business experience. His educational background includes a B.Sc. in Mathematics and an MBA in Business Administration.

Has been widely referred to as Ghana's richest man with a net worth of $1.46billion that was accrued as a result of his investment in oil and gas as well as construction.
Ampofo is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai, UAE based conglomerate, Kampac group.
Charles Ampofo has created the largest energy city in the world in the Philippines and upon completion the company will be one of the top 50 oil companies in the Far East. He is a member of the Global Fortune Forum since 2005.
In 1999, Mr. Ampofo founded Universal Transfer Service as a Financial Services and Funds Transfer company which went on to build the entire multi-banking network in Côte D’Ivoire which consisted of 24 banks.



Mike Nkuna

South Africa / Born: N/A
Founder: Masingita Group

Mike Nkuna – Masingita Group of Companies founder and executive chairperson Mike Nkuna is widely regarded as one of the pioneer developers of property in previously disadvantaged areas.

Masingita Group Of Companies has undergone a remarkable evolution dating back to its inception. First established as a small startup with a focus on a filling station, the company has evolved to become a major black economic empowerment player in property development, property management and construction.

The group has an existing portfolio of properties mainly comprising retail properties in the rural and township areas of South Africa such as:

1986 – Mangalani Shopping Center – The small convenience centre opened in 1986 and became the first organised shopping outlet in Soweto. Previously the township had only scattered corner shops that had mushroomed all over the place. He soon developed similar projects around Soweto.

2005 - Protea Glen - It is the first mall located in the Johannesburg suburb, which has only been developed since the 1990s. It has been the sixth mall to open in Soweto. Locally, it is considered notable for having both rival supermarket retailers Pick n Pay and Shoprite among its tenants.

2018 - Masingita Towers - Completion of R250-million luxury apartment skyscraper, which is situated in West Road South, in the Sandton central business district.
Masingita Towers is at the epicentre of lifestyle and urban energy. These cosmopolitan apartments are positioned on the most exclusively sought after road in the heart of Sandton. Unrivalled in aesthetic appeal, Masingita Towers features awe-inspiring views of one of Africa’s most vibrant cities coupled with modern sophistication and remarkable quality. Indulge in a world-class lifestyle created for the discerning few: superior 2 bedroom en suite apartments and prestigious penthouses, with an exclusive bouquet of services and facilities to ensure effortless daily life such as a trendy restaurant, private lounge, executive conference facilities and wi-fi, a business centre, a fitness centre, outdoor sparkling pool, laundry and housekeeping, and 24 high security.

2019 - Giyani Regional Mall - a 31 000m² located on Malamulele Road in Giyani resulting in a total GLA of 42 000m². This is the biggest shopping centre in the Mopani District. The design of the centre seeks to acknowledge its rural context in a contemporary language. The mall opens up to the riverine that runs from the north eastern side through to the south western side of the site. This is where the hub of the centre is and where the entertainment and food court is situated. The Giyani Centre design allows for a place of celebration and collective gathering, and affirms community and family life.



Johann Peter Rupert

South Africa / Born: 1 June 1950
Chairman Cevital Industrial Group

Johann Peter Rupert is a South African-born entrepreneur.
He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont and the South Africa-based company Remgro. As of 1 April 2010, he assumed the CEO position of Compagnie Financiere Richemont.

Rupert served his business apprenticeship in New York City, where he worked for Chase Manhattan for two years and for Lazard Freres for three years. He then returned to South Africa in 1979 and founded Rand Merchant Bank of which he was CEO.

As chairman of Swiss luxury group Richemont, South African business mogul Johann Rupert oversees an elite portfolio of luxury brands that includes fashion labels Azzedine Alaïa, Chloé, and Dunhill, alongside established jewellery and watch brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier.
In 2010, the group also acquired 100 percent of the shareholding in luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter, in a deal valuing the business at over $500 million.
Together with his family, he was estimated to be worth $5.9 billion as of April 2019, and was ranked as the second wealthiest person in South Africa on the Forbes Rich List for 2019, with his fortune reported as having declined from US$7.3 billion.

2018: Johann Rupert rare gives public interview but in December 2018, he provided a rare glimpse into his life on Tuesday night during the annual South African, Johannesburg based PowerFM Chairman's Conversation.



Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa

Tanzania / Born: 1949
Chairman Bakhresa Group Of Companies

Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa (born in Zanzibar), is a Tanzanian business tycoon.

He is the founder and the chairperson of the Bakhresa Group Of Companies. He is a well-known industrialist in the mainland of Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar. With a humble beginning as a small restaurateur in the seventies, he created the business empire within a span of three decades.

At the age of 14, he dropped out of school to become a potato mix salesperson and would later go on to become a successful African businessman. Bakhresa Group; is a conglomerate of various companies and is the largest milling company in East Africa with operations in Tanzania and five other countries. Currently, his net worth is estimated at billions according to what he is invested added up.

Said Salim Bakhresa has been investing a lot of money in his industry and opened the most greenest hotel in Zanzibar recently with a Water Park and a Marina. The name of the hotel is Hotel Verde Zanzibar.



Naguib Onsi Sawiris

Egypt / Born: 15 June 1954
Chairman Weather Investments/Orascom Telecom Holding

Naguib Onsi Sawiris is easily Egypt’s most famous and recognizable business man. With a Twitter presence of over 6.2 million followers, he is also considered one of the most active business tycoons on social media.

Sawiris is chairman of Weather Investments's parent company, and chairman and CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding.

Naguib Sawiris is the eldest of three brothers. His brothers are Nassef Sawiris and Samih Sawiris. He is the son of Onsi Sawiris who established the Orascom Group. As the founder of OTH, Sawiris has led the growth of the company, culminating in the merger deal between Wind Telecom, the parent company of Orascom Telecom Holding and VimpelCom Ltd. in April 2011. At the time, the merger created the world's sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider by number of subscribers with operations in 20 countries serving 181 million customers. As part of the merger deal, Sawiris spun off Orascom Telecom’s non-gsm operations and Egyptian-based telecom assets into Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding of which he is chairman.

Dabbling temporarily in politics, he founded the liberal ‘Free Egyptians’ Party during the 2011 revolution. He also made international headlines in September 2015 when he suggested to give hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees a new home in the form of an island (‘Independence’) off Italy or Greece. Although the plan never came to fruition due to juridical limitations, the move was hailed as deeply compassionate among Egyptians.



Issad Rebrab

Algeria / Born: 1944
Chairman Cevital Industrial Group

Issad Rebrab, is an Algerian billionaire businessman, CEO of the Cevital industrial group, the largest private company in Algeria, active in steel, food, agribusiness and electronics.

In 2020, he was sentenced to six months for tax, banking and customs offenses. As of January 2020, Rebrab has an estimated net worth of US$3.9 billion.

His industrial career started in 1971, when one of his clients proposed he take shares in a metallurgical construction company. He took 20% of the shares in Sotecom. After that, he created other companies in the steel industry: Profilor in 1975 and Metal Sider in 1988.

In 1995, his main installations were destroyed in a terrorist attack. After he recognized the risks of staying, Rebrab decided to leave Algeria. He came back in 1998 with Cevital, the biggest group in agricultural business, which later became the largest private Algerian company. Cevital owns one of the largest sugar refineries in the world, with the capacity to produce 2 million tons a year.

In 2016, Rebrab acquired El Khabar media group, for $45 million. This was his second investment into media, as he already owns the French-Algerian daily paper Liberte.



Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu

Nigeria / Born: 22 March 1963
Chairman: Heirs Holdings/Philanthropist

Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is an African economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
He is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
He is a Nigerian billionaire who invests in various domestic and international industries.
Apart from investing in real estate, Elumelu is a stakeholder of Transcorp, which is one of the largest publicly-traded conglomerates in Nigeria.
He has also invested in several banks including United Bank and Standard Trust Bank.


2003 - The Federal Government of Nigeria granted Elumelu the title of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), a national honour.
2006 - He won the African Business Leader of The Year award conferred by the United Kingdom-based magazine, Africa Investor.
2009 - The Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'adua asked him to serve on the Presidential Committee on the Global Financial Crisis.
2012 - He was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for his service in promoting private enterprise.
He was recognised as one of "Africa's 20 Most Powerful People in 2012" by Forbes magazine
2016 - At the 5th edition of the annual Economic Forum of the Ivorian National Council of Employers, CGECI Academy, (CGECI) in Abidjan in April 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2016 - He was awarded the 'daily times, Nigerian man of the year.
2019 - Received Nigeria's National Productivity Order of Merit.



Sudhir Ruparelia

Uganda / Born: 17 January 1956
Chairman: Ruparelia Group

Sudhir Ruparelia is a Ugandan business magnate and investor.
He is the chairman and majority shareholder in the companies of the Ruparelia Group. His investments are mainly in the areas of banking, insurance, education, broadcasting, real estate, floriculture, hotels, and resorts.
According to Forbes in 2019, he was the wealthiest individual in Uganda, with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion.

On 20 October 2016, the Bank of Uganda, which regulates all banks in Uganda, took control of Crane Bank, the largest subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group, due to a significant decline in capital and potential run on the bank.

He fled to the United Kingdom with his parents in 1972 at the age of 16, when the dictator Idi Amin expelled all Asians from Uganda.
He returned to Uganda in 1985, with US$25,000 earned from several casual jobs including working in supermarkets, factories, and butcheries.
Ruparelia started selling beer and spirits imported from Kenya.

In 1989, beer importation was banned to encourage local brewing of alcohol and he realized he could not make beer. But since his customers, who were mainly foreigners, paid him in foreign currency, he started Crane Forex Bureau, the first in Uganda. With his profits, Ruparelia ventured into other businesses, including forming Crane Bank in 1995.
Later, he organized his businesses under the umbrella of the Ruparelia Group.

In 2007, Sudhir Ruparelia was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in business, by the Uganda Pentecostal University, in recognition of his contribution to Uganda's economic growth.



Folorunso Alakija

Nigeria / Born: 15 July 1951
Chairman: The Rose of Sharon Group

Folorunso Alakija is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman. She is involved in the fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries.
She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited, Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited.

She also has a majority stake in DaySpring Property Development company. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

As of 2015, she is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

In May 1993, Alakija applied for the allocation of an oil prospecting license. In September 1996, she entered into a joint venture agreement with Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Texaco) and appointed the company as a technical adviser for the exploration of the license, transferring 40 percent of her 100 percent stake to Star Deep.
For twelve years, she fought the government in court. The government argument was if Alakija and family were allowed to keep their bloc, they stood to make $10 million a day. Still, she persisted and in the end she won.

Philanthropic Interests - Folorunsho has a foundation called the Rose of Sharon Foundation that helps widows and orphans through scholarships and business grants. Alakija has donated a Skills Acquisition Center to Yaba College of Technology, a higher educational institution located in Lagos.



Mohamed Mansour

Egypt / Born: 1948
Chairman: The Rose of Sharon Group

Mohamed Mansour is an Egyptian billionaire businessman and former politician.
He is the chairman of Mansour Group, a US$6 billion conglomerate that is the second largest company in Egypt by revenue. In November 2019, Forbes estimated his wealth at $2.3 billion.

Mansour gained an engineering degree from North Carolina State University in 1968, and a master's in business administration from Auburn University in 1971, teaching there until 1973.
With his two brothers, Mansour maintained an active role in the Mansour Group, the family business, building close ties as distributors for US companies including Chevrolet, Marlboro, General Motors and Caterpillar.

Some of his other interests include Metro, the largest Egyptian supermarket chain, and McDonald's franchises in Egypt.
Mansour has led the group since his father died in 1976. Since then, he has overseen all the major corporate developments, including setting up the company's private investment subsidiary Man Capital in London.
In January 2006 Mansour resigned his business responsibilities to serve as minister of transport. He resigned in October 2009 after a deadly train crash.



Freedom Phuthuma Nhleko

South Africa / Born: 7 April 1960
Phembani Group, Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers, Arostyle Investments.

Freedom Phuthuma Nhleko is a South African businessman.

He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Atlanta University.

Had also served as CEO & Executive Chairman of MTN Group, which is an Africa-focused holding group involved primarily in the operation of GSM cellular telephone networks.

During his 10-year leadership tenure at MTN from 2002 to 2011, he transformed the company, driving its exponential growth through significant expansion into Africa and the Middle East.
In May 2013, he returned as chairman of MTN until December 2019.

His past directorships include the BP Plc, Anglo American Plc, Nedbank Group, Old Mutual SA, Johnnic Holdings, the Bidvest Group and Alexander Forbes.

Phembani Group
Established in 1994, with a focus on investing in, as well as operating businesses and interests in the oil, gas, minerals, mineral resources, metals and infrastructure related (including construction, construction materials etc.) sectors in Africa.

Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers
Established in 2012, the principal investment objective of the Fund is to make equity, quasi-equity and equity-related investments in private infrastructure (and related industry) companies and projects headquartered in, or whose businesses or operations are located or conducted primarily within Africa.

Arostyle Investments
Established in 2017, holds a 51% interest in Main Street 1549 which has a 10% stake in Block 11B/12B. Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa contains one of the most sought after oil and gas explorations.



Yérim Habib Sow

Senegal / Born: 1967
Founder/Chairman: Teyliom Group

Yérim Habib Sow, otherwise called Yérim Sow, is a Senegalese entrepreneur. He founded and chairs the Teyliom group, active in 16 countries in Africa , Europe and the Middle East through 52 companies.

In 1988, he founded his first company in Senegal , Direct Access, specializing in IT. Six years later, in 1994, he launched in Senegal and Ivory Coast on the market of pagers, precursor devices of mobile telephones which allow to receive a message. His business is successful thanks to his model called “bip access”.
He exploited this success to conquer the telecoms market, which was born in West Africa.
This is how he took a stake in Loteny Telecom, a mobile operator holding the first mobile operator license in Côte d'Ivoire , in partnership with the pan-African operator Telecel International, later bought by the Egyptian Orascom.

In 2001 he founded PCCI , a company specializing in the field of telesales customer acquisition, customer service and multi-channel contact management.
In 2001, he set up Teylium, with Telecel Côte d'Ivoire as his main investment. Yérim Sow subsequently joined forces with the Ivorian group Atlantique, active in financial services and telecoms, to buy in 2004 the shares of the Egyptian Orascom in Telecel Côte d'Ivoire.
In 2005, the South African telecom operator MTN bought 51% of Loteny's capital from Yérim Sow. Then, in 2006, Teylium strengthened its activity and obtained a mobile telephony license in Cape Verde, where it created the company TPLUS 4 and then took a majority stake in the mobile telephony company Intercel Guinea.

2006 was also the year of diversification for Teylium, which took over a stake in African Financial Holding, which subsequently became BOA Group, parent company of the Bank of Africa network.
He also launched Bridge Bank Group CI in Abidjan with Pape Diouf , managing director of the investment bank Linkstone Capital.
It is also diversifying into the agro-industry through the acquisition of the Ivorian company Continental Beverage Company, then into real estate with several projects including the upscale Radisson Blu hotel and the Sea Plaza, the first mall in Dakar, opened in july 20107.

The Teylium group, renamed Teyliom in 2013, launched the same year in the hotel industry in Africa with the launch of the Inaugure Hospitality group and its management subsidiary Mangalis. The company intends to invest 315 million euros in the construction of 15 hotels in 13 African countries.



Baba Ahmadou Danpullo

Cameroon / Born: 1950
Chairman: Bestinver Cameroon

Baba Ahmadou Danpullo is a Cameroonian businessman . He would be the richest man in French-speaking Africa south of the Sahara according to Forbes Africa, with a fortune estimated at over 547 billion CFA francs (about $940 million).
He made a fortune in real estate, invested in the food industry, telecommunications and transport.

He is a shareholder of Nexttel the 3rd mobile operator of Cameroon in which he controls 30% of the shares through his company Bestinver Cameroon (BestCam).
But Danpullo is best known in his country for its huge tea plantations in Ndawara, in the North West region, which allow Ndawara Tea Estates to export Cameroonian tea abroad.

He launched into communication, creating the DBS (Danpullo Broadcasting System) television channel.
He is a shareholder in public companies such as Sodecoton , Cameroon Airports (ADC) and has taken over the tea sector of Cameroon Tea Estates (CTE) as part of a stormy privatization.
But, apart from agro-industry and telecoms, the richest man in Cameroon is credited with countless real estate assets in Nigeria , France , Switzerland and South Africa , including two "malls" in Cape Town and the "Marble Towers" of Johannesburg, a building of 32 floors and 152 meters high, the 3rd largest tower in South Africa.



Jacobus "Koos" Bekker

South Africa / Born: 14 December 1952
Chairman: Naspers

Jacobus Petrus "Koos" Bekker is a South African billionaire businessman, and the chairman of media group Naspers.
The company operates in 130 countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It has the largest market capitalization of any media company outside the US and China.

After a few years in advertising, he received an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, graduating in 1984. As a result of a project paper, he, with a few young colleagues, founded one of the first two pay-television services outside of the US. M-Net and its sister companies, such as Multichoice, eventually expanded to 48 countries across Africa.

In the 1990s, he was a founding director of mobile communication company MTN. In 1997 Bekker became CEO of Naspers, one of the initial investors in the M-Net/Multichoice group. Naspers bought out the other shareholders.

During his tenure, the market capitalization of Naspers grew from about $1.2 billion to $45 billion. His compensation package was unusual in that for fifteen years as CEO he earned no salary, bonus or perks.
He was compensated solely via stock option grants that vested over time.

Forbes "Rich List 2019" ranked Bekker as the 1002nd wealthiest person in the world, and the fourth wealthiest South African for 2019, with a fortune of US$2.3 billion.
Under Bekker, Naspers invested in pay television, mobile telephony and various internet services. The group conducts business in Europe, Africa, Latin America, China, India, Russia, and various smaller countries.



Stephen Saad

South Africa / Born: June 1964
Chairman: Naspers

Stephen Bradley Saad is a South African billionaire businessman, who is the founder and chief executive of Aspen Pharmacare (JSE: APN), the largest producer of generic medicines in Africa.
He started his career at Quickmed, a prescription drug distribution company in black townships during apartheid. At the age of twenty-nine, he sold his share in Covan Zurich for US$3 million, thus becoming a millionaire.

In 1997, together with Gus Attridge, he co-founded Aspen Pharmacare, a public company traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It has become the largest producer of generic medicines on the African continent.
He serves as its chief executive and Gus Attridge as its deputy chief executive, and serves on its board of directors.

In 2011, he was worth US$640 million, becoming one of Africa's 40 richest people. His stock portfolio went up 75% in 2013. He is now worth US$1.4 billion.

He also chairs the Sharks, a rugby union club in Durban. He also sits on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the Durban High School.
In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the positive role of Aspen in the city of Port Elizabeth.



Adrian Gore

South Africa / Born: 16 May 1964
Founder: Dscovery Limited

Adrian Gore is a South African businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and group chief executive of Discovery Limited.
Gore launched Discovery in South Africa in 1992. Discovery has since evolved into a diversified and multinational financial services group.

Gore graduated from Wits University in 1986.
He is a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor – a global non-profit organisation that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs.

He sits on the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, the Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers (Columbia University) and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board.ember of the American Academy of Actuaries.


1998 - Gore was recognised as South Africa’s best entrepreneur by Ernst & Young.
2004 - Was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual MoneyWeb CEO of the Year Awards.
2008 - He received the Investec award for considerable contribution in a career or profession
2010 - Was named as the Sunday Times business leader of the year.
2013 - Gore received the Manex Award from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.