Bloomberg, a global information and technology company that connects decision-makers to a dynamic network of data, people and ideas – “accurately delivering business and financial information, news and insights to customers around the world”, on Monday announced a new annual multi-platform initiative to honour 50 icons and innovators, who have changed the global business landscape in measurable ways over the past year, with President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, emerging as one of the selected best persons in the world in 2017, coincidentally, he is the only African on the list.
According to TheGuardian, the honorees were selected by the Bloomberg Businessweek team after months of input from many of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts around the globe, leveraging the resources of the Bloomberg Terminal, and represent the most influential thought leaders in business, finance, technology and science, politics and entertainment.
The executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and entertainers on the list, all have a quantifiable metric underpinning their inclusion.
Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, Megan Murphy, said what sets The Bloomberg 50 apart from other lists is that each person chosen has demonstrated measurable change over the past year.
“Readers will find many names they recognize, but will also discover new visionaries—people who are impacting the world in significant ways, and are rapidly gaining the attention they deserve.”
Other prominent honorees on the Bloomberg 50 include – Mohammed bin Salman, Crown prince, Saudi Arabia, a primary proponent of an initiative that would allow women drive, a decision that is forecast to add $90 billion to the economy by 2030.
Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies with a market capitalisation of over $50 billion, who nurses the ambition to establish the human colony on planet Mars by 2022.
Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon, the biggest global retailer, with a major interest in sending tourists into space in Blue Origin rockets; Masayoshi Son, Founder, Softbank Groups Corp, who engineered the largest ever technology investment fund, $93billion, to fund ride-hailing, artificial intelligence, connected devices, satellites, and the integration of computers to humans; Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud and the brain behind integrating advances in artificial intelligence and quantum computing to market; Ken Frazier, CEO, Merck & Co, a leader in drug makers market with an innovative drug for advanced lung cancer treatment.
Dangote, who only last week inaugurated his $300 million 1.5 mtpa capacity cement plant in Congo Brazzaville, has remained top-notch in various global ranking.
Dangote expressed that he is delighted about the selection as the recognition is a call to do more towards youth empowerment, job creation, better health and much more.
“I am delighted with this selection and I see the recognition as a call to do more towards youth empowerment, job creation, better health for the people and economic emancipation of the African continent”.