BizNis Africa 2017 Newsmaker: Strive Masiyiwa


Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of a global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless.

Masiyiwa currently serves on a number of international boards including – the Rockefeller Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Counsel on Foreign Relations, the Africa Progress Panel, AGRA, the UN Sec General’s Advisory Boards for Sustainable Energy and for Education.

He is a juror of the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize. He is also one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, known as the Carbon War Room.

In 2012, when President Obama, hosted the G-8 Summit at Camp David, he invited him, to address the G-8 leaders on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa.

Beyond telecoms, Masiyiwa’s business activities include operations and investments in some of Africa’s leading businesses in financial services, insurance, renewable energy, bottling for Coca-Cola, hotel and safari lodges.
The Econet Group is also exploring several opportunities in targeted African other international emerging markets.

Masiyiwa’s new ambition is to build Africa’s largest solar power company.

Masiyiwa remains one of Africa’s most respected businessmen and one of the world’s most respected entrepreneurs of African origin.

Masiyiwa’s current net worth is estimated at $280 million.


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Bontle Moeng is the Founder and Managing Director of BizNis Africa. Moeng has spent 15 years working in the digital and online media industry across Africa. She applied her trade at True Love magazine prior to discovering her passion for Investment news in key sectors across Africa. Moeng previously worked for ITWeb, Starfish Mobile Technologies, ITNewsAfrica, AVATAR Agency, eNitiate, Global Interface Consulting and Havas Johannesburg. Her primary focus is to provide solid and valuable content on investment opportunities for the ICT, Energy and Mining sectors across Africa. In addition, the online news publication assists global companies to expand their presence in Africa. Email:

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