5 famous people you didn’t know are from Zimbabwe

Francis Akhalbey Apr 18, 2019 at 09:17am

April 18, 2019 at 09:17 am | Culture

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

April 18, 2019 at 09:17 am | Culture

Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa
Ranked by Forbes as the 8th richest man in Africa with a $2.3B net worth,Strive Masiyiwa overcame protracted government opposition to launch mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in his country of birth in 1998. He owns just over 50 per cent of the publicly-traded telecom, which is one part of his larger Econet Group.

Masiyiwa also owns just over half of private company Liquid Telecom, which provides fiber optic and satellite services to telecom firms across Africa. His other assets include stakes in mobile phone networks in Burundi and Lesotho, and investments in fintech and power distribution firms in Africa.

He and his wife Tsitsi founded the Higherlife Foundation, which supports orphaned and poor children in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho.

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