Sifiso Dabengwa (Zimbabwe)
Sifiso Dabengwa is Group President and CEO of MTN Group Limited, Africa's largest telecommunications company. Despite increased competition he has managed to maintain and improve MTN Group's market position.
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, MTN operates in 21 countries across the region. Mr. Dabengwa holds B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Zimbabwe, and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.
Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)
Alhaji Aliko Dangote is the President/CEO of the Dangote Group. The Dangote Group has 13 subsidiaries in Nigeria they include cement, sugar, salt, flour, pasta, noodles, poly products, logistics, real estate, telecommunications, steel, oil and gas and beverages. The Group operates in 14 African countries including Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Congo (Brazzaville), Ethiopia, Cameroun, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Ghana, and others.
Dangote is a graduate of Business Studies from the Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt. He has raised the company to be the largest quoted company in Nigeria. He is listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire and richest black man in the world.
Abdeslam Ahizoune (Morroco)
Abdeslam Ahizoune is Chairman / CEO of Maroc Telecoms, one of Africa's largest telecom firms. He is a member of the management board of the French media giant Vivendi. He graduated with an Engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech in 1977.
Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)
Patrice Motsepe is the executive chairman and founder of African Rainbow Minerals Limited, ARM, a mining and minerals firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He initially practiced as a lawyer specializing in mining and business law before forming ARM in 1997.
Today he is the biggest single shareholder of the fifth largest gold mining company in the world. He also owns Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. Forbes magazine ranked him 442nd richest person in the world and South Africa's first black billionaire with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion dollars as of March 2012.
Reginald Mengi (Tanzania)
Reginald Mengi is one of the most powerful media barons in Africa. He is the owner and executive chairman of IPP Group. A chartered accountant by training he previously held the position of Managing Partner and Chairman, Coopers & Lybrand Tanzania.
The IPP holding company has subsidiary companies engaged in mining, manufacturing, bottling (Coco-Cola products and Kilimanjaro drinking water), and media which includes television, radio and newspapers. He has received numerous awards because of his belief in social responsibility, including Environmentalist of the Century Award 2000 - Kilimanjaro Region and the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award by the United States of America.
Tidjane Thiam (Ivory Coast)
Tidjane Thiam is the Group Chief Executive of Prudential Plc. Prudential is an international Financial services group with operations in Asia, the US, and the UK. The organisation has £351 billion of assets under management (at 31 December 2011) and are listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.
On the 3rd of July 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the board of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Born in 1962, he previously worked with McKinsey and Company in Paris and New York and in between had been Minister of Planning and development in Ivory Coast. When he was appointed Chief Executive of Prudential he became the first black man to lead a FTSE 100 company.
James Mwangi (Kenya)
James Mwangi is the CEO and MD of Equity Bank with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Equity Bank is the largest bank in East and Central Africa and the largest African majority owned company in the region with operations in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania.
He transformed the bank from an ailing Micro-Finance institution into a publicly listed commercial bank. Mr Mwangi remains the largest individual shareholder, and on June 09 2012 he was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 at an awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo. He is also Chairman of Equity Group Foundation which has partnered with MasterCard Foundation to form the largest Secondary Education and Leadership Scholarship Program in Africa.
Mike Adenuga (Nigeria)
Mike Adenuga at 58 is a reclusive colossus in business, he is the Chairman and CEO of Globacom, Nigeria's second largest mobile telecom operator. He also runs Conoil Producing, the country's largest oil exploration company. From once driving Taxi's in the US to sitting on top of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate he is one of Africa's richest men, said to be worth $4.3 billion according to Forbes 2012 Billionaire's List. He is also a huge soccer fan and has sponsored tournaments in Africa