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Robert Frederick Smith

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Robert Frederick Smith

American Investor & Philanthropist

Born: December 1, 1962


Robert Frederick Smith serves as a member of the board for Columbia Business School and chairman of the board for Carnegie Hall, where he has made history as the first African American to hold the office.


Smith is best described as a businessman, investor and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners.


He is the richest black man in America and the second wealthiest African-American after Oprah Winfrey.


While working as a Chemical engineer with Kraft General Foods, he earned himself 2 patents each from the US and Europe. In time, he also worked as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.


Robert Frederick Smith has been a vibrant figure in the technology sectors. The billionaire has been awarded a good number of humanitarian awards and honours. Smith is a philanthropist who has enormous respect for human rights.


Smith’s equity company was founded in 2017. Beyond reasonable doubt, it is a leading private equity firm which is devoted to supporting tech-startups.

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Alexander Asiedu // Ghana

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Alexander Asiedu

Chairman, Atlantic Trust Holdings Ltd.


Born: June 10, 1956

Education:  MBA (Finance) from Stern – New York University and a Post-graduate Certificate in Finance and Investments from Wharton – University of Pennsylvania.


Alex Asiedu is the Chairman of over twenty companies in Ghana, Dubai and Hong Kong with wide scope of operations from Steel Manufacturing, Electronic Products, Oil Palm Plantations, Business Development between Asia and Africa, Real Estate Development, Property Management, Warehousing, Energy Services, Mining, Refinery, Tank Farm Development, Commodities Trading, Equipment Hiring & Haulage Services, Banking, Charity Services, to the Hospitality Industry. He directly employs over 3,530 workers.


Alex is also currently the Chairman of The Sun Publishing Ghana Limited, which publishes the most comprehensive weekend paper called “Weekend Sun”. This is a subsidiary of The Sun Publishing Limited, Nigeria with its Daily Sun newspaper being the highest selling newspaper in Nigeria. This is under SLOK Holding (Nigeria), a conglomerates consisting of companies with successful operations in Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Airlines, Media & Publishing, Real Estate, Trading, Manufacturing, Insurance and Tourism in over eleven countries.


Alex is committed to impacting the business world with sound leadership, community benefits, and quality deliveries.

#atlantictrust #manufacturing #mining #refinery #realestate #sun @newspaper #banking #propertymanagement #hospitality

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AbdulSamad Rabiu // Nigeria

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AbdulSamad Isyaku Rabiu // Nigeria

Founder and Chairman, BUA Group

Chairman, Nigerian Bank of Industry.


Born: August 4, 1960

Education: Capital University, Columbus – Ohio


AbdulSamad is a Nigerian businessman. His father, late Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu was one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture with a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of Nigerian Bank of Industry.


In 2013, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad’s wealth at $1.2 billion, bringing him to the global billionaire’s club.


Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited in 1988 for sole purpose of commodity trading. The company engaged in the importation of rice, edible oil, flour and iron and steel.


In 1990, the then Government owned Delta Steel Company contracted BUA to supply its raw materials needs, for which Bua was paid with finished products. This provided the much needed windfall for the young company. Bua further ventured into steel, billets and iron ore importation and supplying multiple rolling mils in the country.


Few years down the line, BUA acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria and later set up 2 flour milling plants in Lagos and Kano in 2005.


By 2008, Bua broke an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second largest sugar refinery in sub-saharan Africa. The company went on the acquire a controlling stake in a publicly listed Cement Company of Northern Nigeria in 2009 and commenced to construction of a $900 million cement plant in Edo State commissioned early 2015.

#bua #sugarrefinery #cement #realeatate #oil #manufacturing #agriculture #infracstructure

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Pitso Mosimane // South Africa

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Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane // South Africa

Former Football player and Coach.

Current Manager, Mamelodi Windows in the premier League


Born: July 26, 1964


Mosimane is one of the longest serving and highly rated coaches in South African soccer, having won several major trophies with SuperSport United between 2001 and 2007.


He served as the care-taker coach of South Africa for seven games during 2007, before Carlos Alberto Parreira was appointed as head coach. He then served as an assistant coach to Parreira, and Joel Santana with South Africa.


On 15 July 2010, Mosimane was named as the new head coach of South Africa. He had been an assistant to former coach Carlos Alberto Parreira at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and was handed a four-year contract.

He won his first game in charge in a 1–0 win over World Cup Quarter Finalists Ghana. South Africa failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after Mosimane mistakenly played for a draw in the final qualifier, when in fact a victory was required.


He won the 2016 CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns after defeating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate.

In December 2016, Mosimane was ranked as the 10th best coach in the world for 2016, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

On 5 January 2017, Mosimane won the Coach of the Year accolade at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards in Abuja, Nigeria after guiding Mamelodi Sundowns to league glory in 2015/16 and claiming the Telkom Knockout trophy which meant Mosimane stood alone as the only coach to have made a clean sweep of all domestic trophies in the PSL era.

#football #player #coach #pitsomosimane #glocaf #premierleague #fifa #cafchampion #southafrica #coachoftheyear #mamelodisundows

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Paul Kinuthia // Kenya

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Paul Kinuthia // Kenya

Founder of Interconsumer Products Ltd.

Managing at Nice & Lovely, All Time Sanitary Pads, Bouncy Baby Diapers, and Golden Shine shoe polish.


InterConsumer Products won the Business Daily’s TOP100 SMEs competition and captured the imagination of many enterprising Kenyans with his rags-to-riches story.


Mr Kinuthia started his journey in 1995, making shampoos and conditioners from his makeshift apartment in Nairobi using a startup capital of Sh3,000.


Although local banks initially refused to fund his enterprise, Mr Kinuthia did not give up. He ploughed back the little profit he made into the business.


Towards the early 2000, demand for his products began to rise, prompting him to move to a bigger room in downtown Nairobi where he grew his product range to include hair gels and pomades.


According to Forbes magazine, Mr Kinuthia’s products were largely shunned by local supermarkets and uptown cosmetics outlets. Apparently, they were considered too native. Due to their low pricing and effectiveness they were growing in popularity in the streets and the countryside.


Initially running a one-man operation in which he was the only worker on the ‘factory’ floor and the chief salesman Mr Kinuthia would package his goods and walk from one beauty salon to another, introducing his products to prospective customers and telling them that his unbranded shampoo was just as good as the branded ones they had in stock.

#cosmetics #interconsumer #products #shampoo #hairgel #conditioners #shoepolish #diapers #pomades

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