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Meet a Zim man, one of Netflix board of directors & how he made billions & the secret of his success

Masiyiwa was educated in the UK where he did electrical engineering at the University of Wales and began his construction business in the UK. He returned to Zimbabwe and worked briefly state-owned telephone company,as a telecom engineer. After that he quit his job and started his own business, he founded Retrofit Engineering, an electrical firm that did construction business for the government and that is where he made his fortune.

He offered to develop a cell phone network in tandem with the state telecom company, but the Mugabe government rejected his offer and refused to grant him a license to cell frequencies, Therefore he sued the state but he could not win for 5 years.

Strive Masiyiwa is married to Tsitsi Masiyiwa (an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur) and they have 6 children.

He said his wife asked him to come with him to church where a young American pastor was preaching. He was reluctant but ended up going. He became a Christian.

And he said he used his faith and it opened up the doors for him.

 ‘It seemed as though everyone in the room except me was so happy! The young American pastor was preaching about Jesus Christ, whom I thought I had known all my life. Now I realized that I did not knowHim; I only knew of Him.” That moment changed everything for him. He borrowed a second-hand Bible, and read the entire thing in two weeks, committing his life (and business) fully to Christ."

When the Zimbabwean granted him the license he wanted in 1998, he founded Econet Wireless which became largest provider of telecommunications services operations in 29 countries across Africa, UK, the US, Latin America, United Arab Emirates, China, and New Zealand and Europe . Strive Masiyiwa has business interests in renewable energy, financial services, media, and hospitality.

Strive is currently based in UK. In 2020, Netflix the American movie streaming company appointed him to be part of its board of directors. Strive is sitting in many boards across the globe including Unilever Plc, National Geographic Society, Asia Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (in the US), Stanford University, and the Prince of Wales Trust for Africa,

https://www.arrowleadership.org/blog/arrow-entrepreneur/the-faith-of-strive-masiyiwa/

https://ir.netflix.net/investor-news-and-events/financial-releases/press-release-details/2020/Strive-Masiyiwa-Appointed-to-Netflix-Board-of-Directors/default.aspx

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