Africa’s youngest US Dollar Billionaire, Tanzania’s Mohammed Dewji, the CEO of MeTL Group
and Simba FC is Africa’s youngest private mass employer, with 38,000 employees.
He is projected to employ about 100,000 people by 2022.
Africa’s youngest US Dollar Billionaire, Tanzania’s Mohammed Dewji, the CEO of MeTL Group and Simba FC is Africa’s youngest private mass employer, with 38,000 employees.— Honour Africans (@HonourAfricans) October 15, 2018
He is projected to employ about 100,000 people by 2022. pic.twitter.com/JN3m5kr4De
The METL Group has more than 30 factories making consumer products ranging from bicycles
and detergents to edible oil and beverages. Other investments cover the agriculture, infrastructure,
energy and mobile phone sectors.
The company operates in 11 African nations, mostly in East Africa. Dewji said in 2015 that it had
revenues of $2 billion and employed 24,000 people.
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by gunmen in Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said.
Mohammed Dewji, 43, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city.
“Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites traveling in two vehicles,” regional governor Paul Makonda told journalists, adding that “this kind of incident is new here.”
Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa also implicated foreigners in the crime, telling a press conference the assailants had “shot into the air” before bustling Dewji into their car.
He said police were hunting for suspects and had already made arrests.
Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. He also served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015.
In 2013 he became the first Tanzanian to grace the cover of Forbes magazine, and was in 2015 named Forbes Africa Person of the Year.
Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania’s Simba FC football club.
According to Forbes he is 17th on the list of Africa’s billionaires, and worth $1.5 billion (1.29 billion euros).
Dewji is married with three children. In 2016 he signed a pledge to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes, according to Forbes.