While the name Strive Masiyiwa may not ring immediate bells, he’s one of the best-known men on the African continent. The London-based Zimbabwean billionaire, who is the founder of Econet Global, has been making headlines all over the world as a so-called “coronavirus envoy.” He’s been holding local and regional governments to account for their failure to produce the life-saving vaccines, and he’s been dragging Covax — created by the World Health Organization to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines to so-called “developing countries” — by its collective neck for their continued failure to deliver on their promises.
Let’s break down everything we know about this businessman and philanthropist, and get a better understanding of why his work is so vital.
Strive Masiyiwa Net Worth 2021: A Full Breakdown
Most of his assets come from the ownership of some of the biggest corporations in Africa. He owns just over 50 percent of the publicly traded Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, and just over 50 percent of the private company Liquid Telecom. He also has stakes in mobile phone networks in Burundi and Lesotho, and investments in fintech and power distribution firms in Africa.
Lately, however, Strive Masiyiwa has been making headlines — and money — as a COVID envoy. Named as the special envoy to the African Union (AU), Masiyiwa has been demanding that companies fulfill their promise to Africa to produce the requisite COVID-19 vaccines to keep the populace safe.
“We want to make clear to all suppliers … if you want a long-term future with us now, you produce from Africa,” Masiyiwa said, according to a Reuters report.
Part of Strive Masiyiwa’s fight has to do with the failure of Covax to do what they promised to do.
“Covax, a global coalition that was set up by the World Health Organization and several nonprofits to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries, has so far delivered less than 90 million doses of the 2 billion it was supposed to deliver by the end of 2021. It seems fair to say that the program has failed so far,” reports Quartz Africa.
And, as you can see in the video below, Masiyiwa isn’t afraid to call out corruption when he sees it, and demands a better and brighter future for Africa.
Strive Masiyiwa: “We have grandmothers that are dying. You can watch the Euros without masks on… ”
Rich nations have deliberately kept Africa from buying and producing vaccines and Covax hasn’t helped. pic.twitter.com/1GNuLLINdp
— PHILA (@PHILA_ZW) June 23, 2021