Telecom’s Mogul Millionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s is one of Africa’s most enterprising businessman whose his name has become synonymous with the very definition of African Success, who from nothing built one of Africa’s largest telecoms company that has branches in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, New Zealand and even the UK. His inspiring story shows how anyone can build an empire from the ground up based on your determination and faith.
Strive Masiyiwa was born in Zimbabwe in the year 1961 and later on in his life he went to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Wales in the UK. In 1993 he founded Econet but met a few challenges in acquiring a license but managed to have it granted in 1998 and went on to establish Econet as the premier cellular service provider in Zimbabwe.
Setting his sights on more opportunities, Econet went to acquire Mascom, which is Botswana’s leading telecoms service provider and expanded it’s offering to countries that include Botswana, Kenya, UK. Currently Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet provides telecommunication services to 15 countries across the globe. His interests range from Financial Services, Renewable Energy, Insurance, Hospitality, Telecoms and Forbes puts his net worth at around $600 – $800 million dollars, although there are various unverified claims that state that it exceeds the billion dollar mark.
Also an philanthropist, Strive Masiyiwa has over the years established social responsibility programmes that has help disadvantaged students with educational grants, as well as welfare programmes for more than 26 000 disadvantaged children.