Strive Masiyiwa is a Zimbabwean-born technepreneur and philanthropist who created a massive global telecommunications, media and technology network, Econet, to bring benefits of the 4th industrial revolution home to the African continent.
Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, the Council on Foreign Relations in the US, and Stanford University. He served as a board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years and chairs the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. He is the only private sector representative on the SMART Africa Board, among 15 African heads of state, that drives continental digital transformation.
In 2018 Masiyia became the first Zimbabwean to make Forbes’ list of dollar billionaires in Africa (five South Africans made the list). In 2019, Forbes included him in 6th position on its list of 11 Black Billionaires globally. Oprah Winfrey was in 5th position on the list headed by Aliko Dangote.
Masiyiwa doesn’t just earn an extraordinary amount of money, he also gives lots of it away. As a member of the Giving Pledge he has made enormous contributions to education, health and development in Africa. He and his wife, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, also finance the Higher Life Foundation which has supported the education of 250 0000 orphans, vulnerable and gifted children across Africa over the past 20 years.
Masiyiwa manages an extraordinary Facebook account that aims to inspire and mentor the next generation of young African entrepreneurs and leaders. His Facebook page is followed by more than 3.6 million people and has been recognised by Facebook as the most engaged following of any business leader in the world.