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Jack Ma visits Nigeria, highlights investment prospects 

Alibaba Group’s Co-founder and former Executive Chairman, Jack Ma, made a surprise visit to Nigeria today.

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Jack Ma visits Nigeria, highlights investment prospects 

The Co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, made a surprise visit to Nigeria today. He was hosted by Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

According to a statement released by the Presidency (as seen by Nairametrics), the Vice President facilitated Jack Ma’s visit as part of the Federal Government’s plans to “promote technological innovation amongst young people”

The VP was reportedly pleased to have the Chinese businessman around. He also used the opportunity to talk about the opportunities available in the country’s tech sector.

“This is exciting time for us and we are really happy that you are here and I know the young people and lots of businesses and entrepreneurs are looking forward to your interaction with them later today.

“So, the potential is tremendous, it is an incredible potential that we have. So, we are at a point, and your coming is very strategic, in our trajectory and in the progress of our country.

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“I think, it is a very important moment and what we are seeing – a lot of entrepreneurship, a lot of young people who are very actively engaged in the digital economy at various levels.”

This is the first time the Chinese billionaire is visiting Africa’s largest economy. He is now among the growing list of prominent tech gurus (from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey) who have visited the country in recent times.

In his address, Jack Ma acknowledged that he came to Nigeria on the invitation of Prof. Osinbajo who wanted him to explore the investment opportunities in the country. The invitation was extended earlier this year in Davos, he said.

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Interestingly, Mr Ma came along with a delegation of other Chinese investors who could also potentially invest in the country.

Jack Ma visits Nigeria, highlights investment prospects 

Jack Ma and Prof. Osinbajo

In the meantime, Jack Ma said he is willing to invest in the country. He has specific interest in the following areas which he described as “Four Es”:

  • E-infrastructure
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • E-governance

The Vice President assured the Chinese billionaire that the Nigerian Government is willing to provide the necessary support to all those who demonstrate an intention to invest in the country.

Nigeria currently needs new investors who can create new jobs and invigorate the economy. As such, the President Buhari-led government is doing everything possible to attract the likes of Jack Ma. Meaningful investments in the areas highlighted above would go a long way to position the country on the path to growth.

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Recall that Nairametrics reported in September this year that the Chinese billionaire was stepping down as the Executive Chairman of Alibaba. He was replaced by Daniel Zhang.

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The 55-year-old businessman Co-founded and built Alibaba Group into one of the most valued e-commerce companies in the world.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates’ wealth, now worth $128 billion

Elon Musk has just hit a new apex by surpassing Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates' wealth, now worth $128 billion

The founder of the most sought automaker company Elon Musk has just hit a new apex by surpassing Microsoft, founder, Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.

Data retrieved from the Bloomberg billionaire index shows the 49-year-old whiz entrepreneur net worth is now pegged at $128 billion, driven by yet another surge in Tesla’s share price.

Musk has gained $100.3 billion to his net worth just in 2020, the most by anyone in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index – a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.

What you must know: Musk is the CEO of Tesla, a maker of electric vehicles. The California-based company sells electric vehicles. He’s also CEO of Space Exploration Technologies, a rocket manufacturer tapped by NASA to resupply the space station

His wealth gain is largely attributed to Tesla, the electric car automaker, which has gained 500% in 2020 and has become by far the world’s most valuable automaker in the world, despite it producing far less than Volkswagen, Toyota, or General Motors.

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About a fifth of the car company’s shares is owned by its Chief Executive, Elon Musk, and other insiders.

Recall Nairametrics, some months ago highlighted major reasons why Nairametrics believed the stock was a strong buy and could surpass the present most valuable listed technology company.

  • Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker, and more fun to drive than gasoline cars.
  • Today, Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better.
  • Tesla remains the only major carmaker to have a huge physical presence in the world’s second-largest economy. With the electric-car maker’s launch of a new factory in China in 2019 and, the beginning of its Model Y models earlier this year, investors may want to continue holding.

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Billionaires that can triple the value of Bitcoin

Michael Saylor has disclosed billionaires who could turn the price of Bitcoin up, at least three folds.

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Billionaires that can triple the value of Bitcoin

The Founder and Chief Executive officer of the popularly traded business intelligence firm, Michael Saylor, recently disclosed billionaires, who could turn the price of Bitcoin up at least three folds. His bias was based on the aurora these billionaires bring notably in the global financial world.

In his most recent Youtube interview, he started his narrative by explaining deeply the effect such billionaires would have on the flagship crypto market,

READ: Germany’s biggest bank says more people now prefer Bitcoin over gold

“It’s important that 100 million people embrace Bitcoin but there are 10 people that can triple the price of Bitcoin. This is not like Facebook, nobody ever brought a billion friends to Facebook. This is like when a person with $10 billion decides that they want to adopt this network and they put $2 or $3 billion on the network, that’s going to be more monetary energy that flowed into the network than the first 10 million people put into the network. It’s ten million to one gain.”

He went on by revealing the names of such billionaires, amid their stronghold seen on global finance.

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READ: Most profitable asset in a decade, Bitcoin up over 26,600,000%

“Here’s the other thing. When a person with $10 billion puts $10 billion on the network, they’ve got a friend with $10 billion. Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway CEO) plays bridge with Bill Gates (Microsoft founder) and then they talk with Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO and founder).

“So when this hits that social network, it’s like a billion to two billion to four billion to eight billion and those four decisions, those four blocks have more impact on the network than the first 10 million blocks.”

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READ: Crypto; Tron’s founder offers $1 million bounty in finding BTC Twitter hackers

What you should know

Sequel to these macro, Nairametrics some days ago revealed key insights coming from DeVere Group discovering that 73% of poll participants (millionaires) are now already invested or are preparing to invest in digital assets, such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, and XRP, before the end of 2022, showing a significant amount of interest by the world’s top earners.

READ: Apple market capitalization nears $2 trillion, as Apple’s CEO becomes a billionaire

  • The findings come as the price of Bitcoin rallied close to $18,000, almost close to the $19,763 all-time record reached in December 2017.
  • Most of the high net worth individuals polled by the financial firm got triggered into planning to buy cryptos by the latest institutional buying.
  • Those classified as millionaires in the study include ‘High Net Worth’ having more than £1m (or equivalent) in investable assets.

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Many millionaires plan to buy Crypto before 2022

DeVere Group, a financial consulting firm discovered that 73% of poll participants are now already invested or are preparing to invest in digital assets.

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As Bitcoin hits the flagship crypto trade slightly below $18,000, a significant number of millionaires have disclosed they will invest in cryptos before the end of 2022.

DeVere Group, one of the world’s most notable independent financial advisory firms, discovered that 73% of poll participants are now already invested or are preparing to invest in digital assets, such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, and XRP, before the end of 2022.

READ: Dangote Group’s $2 billion fertilizer plant to start operations in December 2020

  • The findings come as the price of Bitcoin rallied close to $18,000, almost close to the $19,763 all-time record reached in December 2017.
  • The methodology for such research used include, interviewing over 700 of its clients who are presently based in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, United States, United Kingdom, East Asia, Latin America, Australasia.
  • Those classified as millionaires in the study include ‘High net worth’ having more than £1m (or equivalent) in investable assets.

READ: Afreximbank posts $217m net income in 9M 2020

What this means

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DeVere Group CEO and founder, Nigel Green, explained why the world’s millionaires are attracted to financial assets as cryptos.

READ: Jeff Bezos becomes first person to cross $200 billion net worth, as Zuckerberg crosses $100 billion

“As the survey shows, this impressive performance is drawing the attention of wealthy investors who increasingly understand that digital currencies are the future of money and they don’t want to be left in the past,” he said.

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Most of the high net worth individuals polled by the financial firm got triggered into planning to buy cryptos by the latest institutional buying.

READ: Bitcoin on high demand, hits 2-year high, trading $17,000

“No doubt that many of these HNWs, who were polled, have seen that a major driver of the price surge is the growing interest being expressed by institutional investors, who are capitalizing on the high returns that the digital asset class is currently offering,” Green added.

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