America is one of the world’s most developed continents while Africa continues to make progress to outlaw being one of the world’s most under-developed continents. Despite being a young and developing continent, Africa is beautiful with great people and massive natural resources. Where the likes of billionaire Donald Trump and the Walton family have shunned connections to Africa, some American Billionaires have connected greatly with the continent. The following American Billionaires invest in Africa, provide financial aid to some of Africa’s biggest problems and most importantly, the visit and experience Africa often. 3 American Billionaires that have strong financial and emotional connections to Africa:
Bill gates – Bill Gates is one man that has invested heavily in Africa. Since 2000, he has invested over $10 Billion in Africa through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Not only has he invested, he has visited multiple times and notably speaks on his desire to help Africa grow. In 2016, at the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa, he said “Demographically, Africa is the world’s youngest continent, and its youth can be the source of a special dynamism. In the next 35 years, 2-billion babies will be born in Africa. By 2050, 40% of the entire world’s children will live on this continent.”
Bill Gates financially assisted Mandela’s rise as President of South Africa. He once said in a speech “The first time I spoke with Mandela was in 1994, when he called to ask me to help fund South Africa’s election. I was running Microsoft and thinking about software most of my waking hours. But I admired Nelson Mandela very much, I knew the election was historic, and I did what I could to help.”
Mark Zuckerberg – He has invested in multiple startups in Africa including tech startup Andela. Mark Zuckerberg has visited Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. He garnered attention for running the Ikoyi Bride in Nigeria in 2017.
Lucinda Southworth Page (Wife of Founder of Google, Larry Page) – Lucinda Southworth donated $15 million to Ebola relief efforts. She also funds other charities within West and South Africa. She has visited South Africa multiple times.
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