List of Africa's 10 most powerful men


FORBES has listed it’s ten most powerful men in Africa based on their actions and deeds in 2014. The list is topped by the founder of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa.

10. Moustapha Ben Barka (From Mali)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menOne of Mali’s emerging political leaders, Moustapha Ben Barka was recently named Deputy Secretary General in the Office of the President of the Republic ofMali. Recently named a Young Global Leader, class of 2015 by the World Economic Forum, Barka mostly recently served in the Government of Mali as Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance where he was in charge of investment and promotion of the private sector. Prior, he served as Minister of Industry and Investment Promotion.

9. Mbwana Alliy (From Tanzania)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menAlliy is the founder and managing partner of Savannah Fund, an Africa-focused technology venture capital that runs both an accelerator and a venture fund that ranges from $25,000 to $500,000 USD in seed capital for early stage high growth technology (mobile and web) startups in sub-Saharan Africa.

In his work in building technology ecosystems and bridges between he has co-taught classes and spoken about Africa technology and entrepreneurship at University of Cape Town, Stanford University, University College London and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa).

8. NJ Ayuk (From Equatorial Guinea)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menNJ Ayuk, created Centurion LLP, a law firm which advises the government of Equatorial Guinea on oil and gas deals and contracts, with two other lawyers back in 2009.

Under his exceptional leadership, Centurion grew from just two employees to 35 employees and became the largest law firm in Equatorial Guinea. Centurion is said to have signed the highest number of oil and gas deals in Africa.

From working as a housekeeper at a hotel and as a server at a fast food restaurant in Germany at the age of 16-years, today Ayuk is one of the continent’s leading African oil and gas lawyers.

7. Edwin Macharia (From Kenya)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menRecently named a Young Global Leader, class of 2015 by the World Economic Forum, Edwin Macharia came to prominence in his role as Director of Agriculture with the Clinton Foundation where he led partnership-building and operations in agriculture for a $100Million USD initiative focused on effecting holistic development at the grassroot-levels. Currently a partner at Dalberg, based in Nairobi,Kenya, Macharia advises developing countries’ governments, international organizations, and corporations.

He is a Graduate from Amherst College. He is also a Former Director in the Clinton Foundation; BA, McKinsey&Company. Currently a Partner with the Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Based in Nairobi, advises corporations developing country governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, international organizations, foundations and non-governmental organizations on a range of emerging market issues including strategy, market entry, operational efficiency, new business models and initiative implementation. He is also an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.

6. Victor Ochen (From Uganda)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menBorn and raised in Abia, one of northern Uganda’s camps for displaced people, Victor spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array of human rights abuses. In 2003, the Lord’s Resistance Army abducted his elder brother and cousin. To this day, no one knows what happened to them.

Because of that, Victor has dedicated his life to rehabilitating victims of war, by providing psycho-social support and life-saving healthcare. As Director of Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), he has set up an organization which hosts workshops to promote tolerance, reconciliation, forgiveness and development in war-torn Uganda.

Victor Ochen, 33-year old former child victim of war-turned-crusader for youth leadership and advocate for the rights of war victims, was nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). As founder ofAfrican Youth Initiative Network(Ayinet), Ochen joins Mussie Zerai, an Italian priest of Eritrean descent, Pope France and Edward Snowden as nominees for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

5. Oscar Onyema (from Nigeria)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menHe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, a position he assumed on 4 April 2011. Prior to this role, he served for over 20 years in United States financial markets and the Nigerian information technology sector.

Mr. Onyema is the Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc, the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market; he is also a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS). He is the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum.

He holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, New York City. He received his bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He holds Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses, and is active in Security Traders Association of New York, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

4. George Weah (From Liberia)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menGeorge Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah  is a Liberian humanitarian, politician, and an ex-footballer who played as a striker. Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or. In 1989, 1994 and 1995 he was the African Footballer of the Year. In 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.

Against the backdrop of an Ebola outbreak ravishing the country, former football star George Weah won a landslide victory in one of Liberia’s most high-profile senate race elections. Weah obtained 78{1f0bb132e08ca1f8565add86e1f8740171c75f84ed80bad4a750114913f392ef} of the vote for the highly contested Montserrado county seat, beating Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Weah’s senate win is widely viewed as foundational for a second presidential run in 2017; he won the first round of the 2005 presidential election, losing the runoff to President Johnson-Sirleaf.

3. Simphiwe ‘Sim’ Tshabala (From South Africa)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menMr. Simpiwe K. Tshabalala, also known as Sim, BA, LLB , LLM, HDip Tax, AMP has been Group Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Group Limited since March 7, 2013. Mr. Tshabalala has been the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, a subsidiary of Standard Bank Group Limited since 2008. He served as Group Deputy Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group Limited from 2009 to March 7, 2013. He served as Chief Executive of Personal & Business Banking of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (SBSA), the main operating subsidiary of Standard Bank Group Ltd., since 2006.

He served as Managing Director of African Operations of Standard Bank Group Ltd., from 2001 to 2006 and as its Deputy Chief Executive of Personal & Business Banking. Mr. Tshabalala has been a Director of Standard Bank of South Africa at Standard Bank Group Ltd. since June 1, 2008. He has been a Non Executive Director of Liberty Holdings Ltd., since April 2013 and Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC since 2013. He has been a Director of Standard Bank Group Limited since March 7, 2013. He has been an Executive Director of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited since 2008. He served as Independent Non-Executive Director at The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited since June 2008. Mr. Tshabalala holds a BA and LLB from Rhodes, LLM from University of Notre Dame, USA, AMP from Harvard and H. Dip. in Tax from WITS.

2. Tidjane Thiam (from Ivory Coast)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menTidjane Thiam (born 29 July 1962) is a French Ivorian businessman and former politician who will become the Chief Executive of Credit Suisse in June 2015. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, he holds dual Ivorian and French citizenship. He studied advanced mathematics and physics in France before joining the management consultants McKinsey & Company in 1986, where he worked until 1994.

Thiam is a high ranking executive who recently resigned from his role as Group Chief Executive Officer of U.K.-insurer, Prudential to run one of the world’s largest and oldest banks in the world, Credit Suisse in Europe. Once the Minister of Planning and Development in a previous Duncan government, he is said to have offered advice to Prime Minister Duncan as the country of Ivory Coast recovers from a decade of strife and political unrest.

1. Strive Masiyiwa (From Zimbabwe)

List of Africa's 10 most powerful menStrive Masiyiwa (born 29 January 1961) is Zimbabwean but London-based African businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless.

He has won numerous accolades and gained international recognition for his business expertise and philanthropy, and is considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians.

Masiyiwa has used his wealth to provide scholarships to over 100,000 young Africans over the past 20 years through his family foundation. He supports over 40,000 orphans with educational initiatives, as well as sponsoring students at universities in America, The United Kingdom, and China.

Masiyiwa also funds initiatives in public health and agriculture across the African continent.

In 2014 CNN’s Fortune Magazine named Masiyiwa one of the 50 most influential business leaders in the world.

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