Brief Profile: Reginald Mengi

Reginald Abraham Mengi was a Tanzanian billionaire, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author. He sat atop one of the largest media conglomerates in Africa. His IPP Media Group owns 11 newspapers, radio and television stations and internet properties. He also owned Bonite Bottlers, the sole bottler of Coca-Cola products in the northern region of Tanzania. His Kilimanjaro brand of bottled water is the biggest selling in the country. His IPP Resources mines gold, uranium, copper, chrome and coal. As a devout philanthropist, he sent hundreds of Tanzanian children with heart ailments to India for treatments.

The media mogul authored the book ‘I Can, I Must, I Will’. Mengi had an estimated net worth of $560 million, according to Forbes.

He was a recipient for the following awards and recognition as an honor to his immense contribution to lives and Africa economies. 2000–2003 – Most Respected CEO East Africa Community (EAC); 2008 – Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award; 2010 – Global Leadership and Humanitarian Award; 2012 – United Nations NGO Lifetime Achievement Award; 2012 – The Oslo Business for Peace Award; 2012 – Honorary Doctor of Humanity Degree Award; 2014 – International Order of the Lions Award; and 2014 – Business Leader of the Year Award.

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