by Isi Esene
Forbes is out with its shortlist of nominees for Person of the Year. The list includes two Nigerians, Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu; a South African, Stephen Saad; a Kenyan, James Mwangi and the Malawian President, Joyce Banda.
Read their profiles and let’s have your preference.
Tony Elumelu, Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holding: The multimillionaire grooms African business leaders and enterpreneurs through the Tony Elumelu Foundation. He is the leading advocate of Africapitalism, an economic philosophy that embodies the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s economic transformation through long-term investments.
Aliko Dangote, Founder and president of Dangote Group: Last year’s runner-up to Forbes Africa Person of the Year is still Africa’s richest man worth more than $11.2billion. Dangote continues to be one of the continent’s biggest employers. He promises to donate most of his fortune to charitable causes upon his retirement.
Joyce Banda, President of Malawi: Banda, Malawi’s first female leader has restored strained diplomatic ties with neighbors and the international community. Her administration has embraced investor friendly economic policies; she cut her salary by 30%; sold the presidential jet and a fleet of luxury cars in austerity drive.
Stephen Saad, Co-founder of the Aspen Pharmacare: Saad is the biggest shareholder of the largest publicly traded drug manufacturer, Aspen. The company has a market capitalisation of $6 billion. Saad became a multimillionaire at 29. Now aged 47, he employs more than 6,000 people.
Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Kenya’s Equity Bank Limited: James Mwangi won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012 as well as Africa’s Innovation Leader of the Year Awards in 2012. Equity Bank is planning to extend its financial services to Ethiopia when the country opens its banking industry for foreign investors.
You have an opportunity to vote for your choice on the Forbes Africa Website until November 1 when voting closes.
So, who’s your pick – and why?