VIDEO – Mohamed Ibrahim, founder of Africa’s telecommunications revolution

We wanted to end the year with a collection of some of the greatest thinkers and doers of our time. This week we are sharing some of our favorite videos. If you have a favorite you would like to add just let us know!

Dr. Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim (born 1946) is a Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire. He worked for several other telecommunications companies before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. At first, the markets thought his idea was crazy. As an entrepreneur he persevered and eventually proved there was a real appetite for mobile communication in Africa.

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 nations’ performance. He is also a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of 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.

See his interview with Charlie Rose