Britain’s first black billionaire: London-based telecoms tycoon, 60, who fled Zimbabwe and is now attempting to offer Africa with Covid vaccines whereas sitting on Netflix and Unilever boards
- Attempt Masiyiwa has turn out to be a billionaire in line with Sunday Occasions Wealthy Record
- The 60-year-old is a London-based telecoms tycoon who was born in Zimbabwe
- He’s on boards of Netflix and Unilever and is African Union’s pandemic envoy
- The tycoon lately agreed a deal for 400 million Covid jab doses for Africa
A telecoms tycoon who fled battle in Zimbabwe, took on Robert Mugabe to be able to begin his first companies, and is now serving to to offer Covid vaccines to Africa, has turn out to be Britain’s first black billionaire.
London-based Attempt Masiyiwa, 60, has clinched the accolade in line with the Sunday Occasions Wealthy Record.
However the Zimbabwe-born businessman, who sits on the boards of Netflix and Unilever, has at the moment obtained his thoughts on one other essential aim – trying get Covid vaccines to Africa.
Mr Masiyiwa is at the moment the African Union’s particular envoy on the pandemic.
And he has lately secured 400 million doses of the Covid vaccine for the continent, which is residence to 1.3billion individuals and was as soon as his personal.
London-based Attempt Masiyiwa, 60, has clinched the accolade in line with the Sunday Occasions Wealthy Record
Mr Masiyiwa rise to wealth is a outstanding one, along with his dad and mom having fled Rhodesia when he was a baby.
He was born in 1961 within the nation – now Zimbabwe – amid the unrest that adopted the nation’s declaration of independence from Britain.
Mr Masiyiwa moved to the UK as a baby, attended secondary college in Scotland and has an engineering diploma from the College of Wales.
Upon returning to Zimbabwe in 1984, Mr Masiyiwa started working in telecoms and arrange Econet in 1993.
In 1998, regardless of opposition from the now-ousted dictator Robert Mugabe he launched a cell phone community ‘at a time when 70 per cent of the nation inhabitants had by no means heard a ringtone’, in line with Forbes.
The Econet Wi-fi group now operates in Africa, Europe, South America and the East Asia Pacific Rim, with Mr Masiyiwa residing in London as of 2010.
Mr Masiyiwa is often known as probably the most prolific African philantropists, focusing specifically on younger individuals.
He based the Higherlife Basis collectively along with his spouse Tsitsi, which pays college charges for some 40,000 college students in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho who’re both orphaned or from low-income households.
In addition they established the Ambassador Andrew Younger Scholarship, which allows African college students to attend the Morehouse School in Atlanta, Georgia, US.