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“He was kidnapped by whites,” – Authorities on the kidnapping of Africa’s youngest billionaire

Mohammed Dewji is the first in Tanzania to have ever graced the coveted cover of Forbes magazine.

mohammed dewji africa's youngest billionaire

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Africa’s youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, was kidnapped Thursday by gunmen in Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said.

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Africa’s youngest billionaire falls victim to kidnapping

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city.

“Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites travelling in two vehicles,” regional governor Paul Makonda told journalists, adding that “this kind of incident is new here”.

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Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa also implicated foreigners in the crime, telling a press conference the assailants had “shot into the air” before bustling Dewji into their car.

He said police were hunting for suspects and had already made arrests.

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What we know about Mohammed Dewji

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. He also served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015.

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In 2013 he became the first Tanzanian to grace the cover of Forbes magazine and was in 2015 named Forbes Africa Person of the Year.

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania’s Simba FC football club.

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According to Forbes, he is 17th on the list of Africa’s billionaires and worth $1.5 billion (1.29 billion euros).

Dewji is married with three children. In 2016 he signed a pledge to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes, according to Forbes.

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