- South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe,
- Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture ,Akinwunmi Adesina,
- Africa’s richest man ,Aliko Dangote,
- ECONET founder, Strive Masiyiwa and
- West Africa’s second largest financial service provider, Jim Ovia .
“Every year, we are excited to decide the Forbes Africa Person of the Year. We want to honour the big hitters of the continent who are making a difference in people’s lives and we hope that in doing so, it will inspire others,” commented Chris Bishop, the managing editor of Forbes Africa magazine.