Ashish Thakkar Becomes the First African to Enter the Fortune 40 Under 40 List




The  2013 list edition of Fortunes' youngest hot shots rocking businesses from air travel, natural gas, genetic coding, government positions also. 
The list is topped by the likes of Marissa Mayer-Yahoo  Jack Dorsey- Square and Mark Zuckerberg- Facebook. 32 yr old Ashish Thakkar  Founder CEO Mara Group who was 19th on the list ( right below Catherine Lacavera of Google and above Will Adams of i.am.plus see list here)  
He survived the Rwandan genocide, dropped out of school, and lived out of a suitcase selling computers in Uganda at age 15. Since then, Thakkar has built the continent's largest pan-African conglomerate— operations span from manufacturing to agriculture to real estate, including Africa's biggest IT firm—with a portfolio of some $1 billion and 7,500 people across 21 countries. He also serves on the advisory panels to the Presidents of Uganda and Tanzania and runs a foundation that mentors young African-Fortunes40under40

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