Top 10 Media Moguls in Africa 2019

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These are the guys who own the media channels you tune into every other day. We should be thankful for them. I’m thankful for one media mogul because of his revolutionary entertainment package offered here in Africa. Want to know who? Let’s find out, here are the top 10 most powerful African Media moguls.

10. Chris Kirubi

  • Country: Kenya

Kirubi is the owner of Capital FM, popular among the upper and middle classes of Kenyan society. The station is an urban music station, which plays a mixture of hip-hop, RnB, rock, neo-soul, new jack swing, jazz, techno, dance and Kenyan music. 

9. Ben Murray-Bruce

  • Country: Nigeria

He founded Silverbird Productions in Nigeria in 1980 which has since become a conglomerate; owning three radio stations, Silverbird television, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Silverbird Cinema, Silverbird Entertainment and Silverbird Galleria.

He is also credited for rejuvenating Nigeria’s cinema culture with the launch of Silverbird Cinemas. 

8. Raymond Dokpesi

  • Country: Nigeria

He pioneered the first private television network in Nigeria – Africa Independent Television (AIT). This was after the military government allowed private broadcasting in the country in 1996. Raymond also set up the first privately owned radio station in Nigeria in 1994. AIT launched in the United States in 2003 and is now broadcasting in Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Raymond is regarded as a media guru in Nigeria, being referred to as the country’s Ted Turner.

7. Prakash Desai

  • Country: South Africa

Prakash is the former CEO of Avusa, the South African media conglomerate that owns 16 newspapers (including Business Day and Sunday Times), 9 magazines, cinemas (NuMetro), a record label (Gallo) and numerous retail outlets.

Prakash, who was appointed chief executive in 2006 and left his post at the end of last year, serves as a board member of the World Association of Newspapers and is president of trade association Print Media South Africa.

6. Linus Gitahi

  • Country: Kenya

Gitahi heads up Nation Media Group, the $350 million media conglomerate that owns seven newspapers, three television stations and three radio stations, as well as mobile valued added services and internet companies across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Gitahi graduated with an MBA from the United States International University in Kenya and joined NMG after a long career as a senior executive with Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in East and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

5. S.K. Macharia

  • Country: Kenya

He is the owner and chairman of Royal Media Services, a popular media conglomerate in Kenya. The conglomerate consists of Citizen TV – the country’s dominant TV station and 11 radio stations.

Royal Media Services is in stiff competition with Nation Media Group and Standard Group. Where Macharia has the competition beat is targeting the common man – the low income masses in rural areas. This indeed has paid off as Macharia’s media company is the preferred choice by most Kenyans.

4. The Aga Khan

  • Country: Kenya

‘His Highness’ the Aga Khan founded Nation Media Group (NMG) in 1960 in order to provide independent news in the years building up to Kenya’s independence through the Taifa and Nation newspapers. Now majority-owned by public shareholders, though the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development remains the largest shareholder, it is the biggest media house in East Africa, having expanded operations into Uganda and Tanzania.

Along with its two original publications it also publishes the regional weekly East African as well as running NTVQTVQFM and Easy FM radio in Kenya, and NTV and KFM radio in Uganda.

3. Reginald Mengi

  • Country: Tanzania

The late billionare founded the IPP in 1980 which has now become a conglomerate; owning ten national newspapers, including Financial Times and The Guardian as well as two of Tanzania’s popular television stations, EATV and ITV.

The IPP Group is also one of the largest industrial groups in East Africa, and includes a Financial Consulting firm (IPP Consulting), a soft drink bottling company in a joint venture with Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Kwanza, Bonite Bottlers and Kilimanjaro Spring Water) and Tanzania’s leading manufacturer of soaps, detergents, and toothpaste (IPP Bodycare Ltd).

Also Read: Top 7 companies owned by Reginald Mengi

2. Patrick Quarcoo

  • Country: Kenya (where his business operates)

Ghanaian Quarcoo is the co-founder and CEO of the Radio Africa Group, which owns six Kenyan radio stations: Kiss 100Classic 105Radio JamboX FMEast FM and Relax FM.

The group also owns The Star, the third largest newspaper in Kenya and arguably the most independent; which launched in July 2007 as the Nairobi Star but changed its name after it expanded distribution across the country.

1. Koos Bekker

  • Country: South Africa

I am forever grateful for this man. Why? He is the reason why I watch the Premier League in High Definition.

Bekker is CEO of $12 billion media conglomerate Naspers and easily Africa’s most powerful mogul. He is also the largest individual shareholder. He controls 23 magazines, including YOUDRUM and True Love, seven newspapers, Brazilian publisher Abril and pay-tv giant DSTV. Especially the last one. You cannot underestimate how important Supersport is to sports fan like me.

Thanks to his ventures, he is among the top 10 billionares in Africa.

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Elvis Mwangi

Just an ordinary human being like you telling you facts that will shock and amaze you. I'm also a lover of music and life.