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Time:March 23-25, 2019
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Sponsor:Development Research Center of the State Council
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Koos Bekker

Chairman, Naspers Group Business Circle

Koos Bekker (66) started the M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business.  Launched in 1985, it gradually grew across Africa. He was also a founder of the cellular telephony group MTN.  Koos headed the MIH group in its international roll-out until 1997.  He then became chief executive of Naspers and led the group until 2014, during which time it expanded into internet.  At present he is non-executive chair of Naspers. The group is now valued at $90 billion and is the biggest investor in the internet not based in either the US or China.  Investments span 120 countries and key focal areas for organic growth include classifieds, online food delivery, payment systems and education.