Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders
Get inspiration to conquer your business day with ten inspirational quotes from five inspiring African business leaders Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim, Aliko Dangote, Stephen Saad, Patrice Motsepe and Sudhir Ruparelia.
|Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim|
Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim
“You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim
Mohammed Ibrahim is a Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur who sold his company Celtel for over 2 billion dollars. According to the foundation's website, “The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.
"Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy." - Dr. Mo Ibrahim
“In Africa, as you're being successful and doing things right, you're also creating a lot of enemies.” -Aliko Dangote
Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is an industrialist currently worth $20 billion. He founded the Dangote Group which controls much of Nigeria’s commodities trade. This business magnate and philanthropist referred to as ‘‘the golden child of Nigerian business circle’’ once drove a taxi cab on the streets of London to fund his education.
"In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it." – Aliko Dangote
"In life, you don’t get anywhere or do anything you hope to without some sort of sacrifice." -Stephen Saad
Stephen Saad is a South African billionaire whose net worth is estimated at $2.7 billion. In 2007, he was the co-founder of Aspen Pharmacare, South Africa’s leading publicly-traded drug manufacturer on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Saad became a millionaire at age 29 after he sold his share in the drug business Covan Zurich for $3 million.
"Balance is important in life." - Stephen Saad
"One has to set high standards… I can never be happy with a mediocre performance." – Patrice Motsepe
Patrice Motsepe is a South African mining magnate who has a net worth of $2.1 billion. Motsepe founded African Rainbow Minerals, a publicly traded mining conglomerate with interests in platinum, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese, coal, copper and gold.
"Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." – Patrice Motsepe
"You need to go into the kind of business that suits your lifestyle, interests and passion so that you enjoy what you are doing." -Sudhir Ruparelia
Sudhir Ruparelia is a Ugandan property and banking entrepreneur. In 2012, he was reported to be one of the wealthiest people in East Africa and in November 2013, he was reported to be the 24th wealthiest individual in Africa with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.
"Young people always want to rush things. They want to see growth and success immediately which can’t be the case. In many cases, when you rush at the beginning, your success will be short- lived and you are very likely to fail in the long run. You are actually better off starting out slowly and building a strong business foundation which will guarantee you long-term success." - Sudhir Ruparelia