Mo Ibrahim was born in Sudan.
Ibrahim is a British mobile communications Entrepreneur, Billionaire and Philanthropist.
Ibrahim worked for several other telecommunications companies before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries.
After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate each nation’s performance.
Ibrahim is a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of the London Business School.
In 2007, he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which awards a $5 million initial payment and a $200 000 annual payment for life to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and democratically transfer power to their successors.
Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alexandria in Electrical Engineering. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Bradford in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in Mobile Communications.
In 2007 Ibrahim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Economics by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and in 2011 an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1989 he founded MSI, a consultancy and software company, which in 2000 was bought by the Marconi Company.
In 1998, MSI spun off MSI-Cellular Investments, later renamed Celtel, as a mobile phone operator in Africa.
According to the Forbes 2011 Billionaire List, Mo Ibrahim is worth $1.8 billion, making him the 692nd richest person in the world.
Ibrahim was also selected for the TIME Top 100 list in 2008. He currently lives in London and spends his time on philanthropy and investing in Africa.