It's Africa's turn to shine: Self-made tycoon Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group's Founder & MD (Video)

Self-made tycoon Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group’s Founder & MD, tips African talent for global success

From banking to hospitality and real estate to e-commerce, Ashish Thakkar built his vast business empire from scratch.

The Ugandan tycoon started small with a little computer shop that kept him busy after leaving school at 15.

These days, his Mara Group spans over 20 countries and he’s been called “Africa’s youngest billionaire.”

In late 2013 Thakkar joined forces with the former boss of Barclays bank — Bob Diamond — to start an investment fund focused on Africa called Atlas Mara. The powerful duo raised $325 million through a share flotation – well above the $250 million target.

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