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)