Saturday, June 29, 2013
21 Quotes From African Billionaires On Business, Passion And Life
Ventures: Sugar, Cement, Flour, oil and gas, telecoms, etc.
Nigerian-born Aliko Dangote retains his position as Africa’s richest man for the 3rd year in a row. He is $4.9 billion richer than he was last year on account of the soaring value of his publicly-listed holdings in Nigerian blue chips like Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, National Salt Company of Nigeria and Zenith Bank among others. This year, FORBES also accounted for other assets including his personal portfolio of homes, jets and yacht. Dangote started building his fortune over three decades ago by trading in commodities like cement, flour and sugar but became a billionaire by manufacturing these items. Venerable philanthropist has given away over $100 million to causes in health, education, flood relief and poverty alleviation.
‘‘If you give me $5 billion today, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put our heads together and work’’.
~ Aliko Dangote, Nigeria.
‘‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’’.
~ Mike Adenuga, Nigeria.
“I will continue to empower the youths. That is my passion. The youths are the leaders of tomorrow. We must continue to support them’’
~ Mr. Jim Ovia, Nigeria.
‘‘I just want to be master of my own time. It is ironic that someone in the watch business should not be in control of his own time.’’
~ Johann Rupert, South Africa.
‘‘Who else could have built a company we bought for R1 million into a company worth more than R100 billion today. To run a company with more than 100,000 employees in 17 countries, you have to be able to think on your feet.’’
~ Christoffel Wiese, South Africa.
‘‘What do you do if you are an executive who resigns? You declare yourself a consultant’’.
~ Mohammed Ibrahim, Sudan.
‘‘I can tell you that I won’t sell Mobnil, they think because of this boycott, that I will get fed up and sell, it’s not in my character… I am not a quitter’’.
~ Naguib Sawiris, Egypt.
Click here for the rest of the quotes by all the African billionaires with their profiles.