Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon and founder of Econet Wireless, has been named by Forbes in their 2012 list of “20 most Powerful People in African Business”.
Strive Masiyiwa has just been recognised above other African giants across industries to come out as the only Information and Communications Technology business person on the list.
Back home , He is well known for founding the first private telecommunication company which resoundingly is Zimbabwe`s Top performing company and the largest tax payer few years after inception.
Forbes is a renowned international business magazine which has become a voice and a force to be reckoned with world-wide.
Masiyiwa is also the founder and current Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless International , a mobile telecommunications company with operations in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Burundi and Rwanda. Forbes also reports that Masiyiwa’s company owns a 3G license in New Zealand.
Despite his wealth and Econet’s successes, Masiyiwa continues to search for new opportunities, the latest being a solar power company called Econet Power Station.
The power company is believed to be developing “a revolutionary solar power device which will allow individuals and families across Africa to light up their homes, charge their mobile phones and generally utilize energy at a relatively low cost compared to solar energy devices currently available in Africa”.
Strive Masiyiwa is also involved in an organisation named the Carbon War Room which he co-founded with well-known UK businessman Sir Richard Branson aims to implement market-driven solutions to climate change says a source.
Sir Richard Branson and Strive Masiyiwa`s relationship dates back to the early days of Econet where Strive Masiyiwa confirms their meeting during the well-publicised “testimony of Econet”