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Generation Investment Management leads $19M fund raising round in M-KOPA Solar

M-KOPA Solar, the world’s leading pay-as-you-go energy provider to off-grid homes, has announced the closing of a US$19 million financing round led by Generation Investment Management LLP.

Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's might soon face tough competition if Africa's retail titan gets his way. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

A South African tycoon is buying up some of Britain's most precious assets: its shops

Christo Wiese, the South African businessman behind Africa’s largest retailer, Shoprite, has his sights on entering the grocery sector in Britain through a possible acquisition.

South Africa's Brait to pay $1B for control of Richard Branson co-owned Virgin Active, in biggest M&A deal from Africa so far this year.

South Africa's Brait to pay $1B for control of Richard Branson co-owned Virgin Active, in biggest M&A deal from Africa so far this year

South African investment house Brait SE (BATJ.J) is to pay 682 million pounds ($1 billion) for a controlling stake in gym group Virgin Active, Brait said on Thursday, seeking to tap the growing health-conscious middle classes particularly in Africa and Asia.

Ashish Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

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

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

Disruptive: Ashish Thakkar wants to shake up African banking but disagrees with criticism of his partner, Bob Diamond

Ashish Thakkar: Bob Diamond's African partner in banking

When he was 15 years old, Ashish Thakkar told his parents that he wanted to leave his school in Uganda to build a business.