Fortune magazine lists Strive Masiyiwa World’s 35th Greatest Leader

Strive Masiyiwa
Strive Masiyiwa

Arguably Zimbabwe’s most successful entrepreneur in dollar terms, the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global, Strive Masiyiwa, has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine last week. Masiyiwa is at number 35.

The list includes entrepreneurs, sports people, state leaders, non-profit leaders, military leaders, activists and others.

On how they select the leaders Fortune says they focused on transformative leaders who are currently active. “Simply running a large organization or serving in an influential role does not meet the threshold to be on this list.” said a blog post the company posted. The names were suggested by leadership experts and Fortune made “final judgments based on the reality that while leadership can’t be measured, we all know it when we see it.” So, yes, quite subjective and understandably so.


The citation on Masiyiwa reads:

Nearly two decades ago Masiyiwa fought and won a key court battle to open Zimbabwe’s telecom industry to private investment. Masiyiwa, who sits on the Africa Progress Panel as well as the boards of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Rockefeller Foundation, is a persuasive advocate for development opportunities and the creation of strong government institutions. “He is truly one of Africa’s most influential figures, with his good counsel sought by world leaders and CEOs,” says Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, who calls him “a champion for the power of technology to improve the lives of millions.”

Other technology industry leaders on the list include Bill Clinton (No. 5), Jeff Bezos (No.10), Jack Ma (No. 16), Tim Cook (No. 33), Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra and Mahindra Chairman(No. 40), Susan Wojcicki, the YouTube CEO (No. 42) and Juliana Rotich, Co-founder, executive director, Ushahidi (No. 36)

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23 thoughts on “Fortune magazine lists Strive Masiyiwa World’s 35th Greatest Leader

      1. 1-Believe me they are plenty of people that actually do stuff but are not credited.

        2-LOOK at the top 50 list & tell me who is not a millionaire.
        3- What did he do besides winning a court battle?

        1. …Iwe Muti, that court battle opened up a whole new life style and industry. If it was left to NetOne, we probably would still have only 10000lines for the chefs only anf the rest out us maybe using telone coin call boxes. Do u even know them. U sound too ingorant to know them

        2. You are so very wrong He pays school fees for more that 45 000 students in Zimbabwe and a lot more thousands outside Zim. I am sure you have heard of the National Health Care trust in Zimbabwe, supporting medical students, he is doing what most governments are failing to do

    1. We know you maC10s abudirira fair and square without looting you say it is the Americans and British. Is he the only one who benefited from dollarisation, how did it leave you behind coz you ahould have made the list if it was dollarisation?

      1. I’m not on the list because i don’t own a telecoms company that generates hard cash us dollars & also i actually live in my country.

  1. Congratulations, it is great to see some recognition for one of our few success stories. Being in the press for a good reason is a rare thing among Zimbabwe business and political leaders.

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