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Strive Masiyiwa, Britain's First Black Billionaire, Is Working To Get COVID-19 Vaccines To Africa

Zimbabwean native and London-based businessman Strive Masiyiwa has officially been named Britain’s first Black billionaire to make the rich list. However, he has some more pressing work he’s focusing on back in his home country. According to the Sunday Times, Masiyiwa is making efforts to resolve the world’s current health crisis by finding enough COVID-19 vaccines to serve all of Africa’s 1.3 billion-strong population. So far, Masiyiwa — the African Union’s special envoy on the pandemic –has managed to sign a deal with Johnson & Johnson for 400 million vaccine doses. As one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians, the billionaire businessman is doing all he can to help his people. Prior to growing his wealth in London, Masiyiwa was living in Rhodesia — now modern day Zimbabwe — with his parents before fleeing the country at age seven to escape the nation’s political unrest after Ian Smith’s government declared independence from Britain, Daily Mail reports. Following this, he and...

Njera Perkins

May 27, 2021

Netflix Appoints Billionaire African Telecom Mogul, Strive Masiyiwa to Board of Directors

Netflix is making some more changes to its leadership ahead of the new year. Deadline reports the streaming giant has named Strive Masiyiwa — billionaire founder and chairman of telecom tech company Econet Group — to its board of directors. “We are delighted to welcome Strive to the Netflix board,” Netflix co-founder, chairman and co-CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “His entrepreneurship and vision in building businesses across Africa and beyond will bring valuable insights and experience to our board as we work to improve and serve more members all around the world.” Masiyiwa’s appointment to the board follows the news of former United Nations U.S. ambassador Susan Rice’s departure from the streamer’s team. According to Variety, Rice is relinquishing her board seat at Netflix to join president-elect Joe Biden’s administration on Jan. 20, 2021. Masiyiwa previously launched his mobile phone network, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, in his native country back in 1998 after a years-long...

Njera Perkins

Dec 17, 2020