Mobile operator Econet Wireless’ founder and Group Chairman Strive Masiyiwa has been included in Fortune Magazine’s annual ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list.
Masiyiwa was named 35th on the list, beating Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and CEO for ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi Mittal.
“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,” Fortune wrote.
The Rockefeller Foundation was also full of praise for Masiyiwa. “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.”
Nonprofit Ushahidi’s co-founder and executive director Juliana Rotich also made the list in number 47. “Ushahidi has helped seed the fast-growing East African tech industry and reimagined what technology can do. Witness its crowdsourced mapping platform, which helps communities track everything from violence to floods,” Fortune wrote.
The Top Ten ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ according to Fortune are:
1. Pope Francis
2. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
3. Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Co.
4. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
5. Bill Clinton
6. Aung San Suu Kyi, chair of the National League for Democracy
7. Gen. Joe Dunford, Commander of U.S. Force, Afghanistan
8. Bono, lead singer of U2
9. Dalai Lama
10. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor