Ali Mufuruki, a Tanzanian multi-millionaire and one of the country’s richest men, has passed away at the age of 61.
According to news reports, Mufuruki died on Saturday night at Morningside Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa after battling an undisclosed ailment.
Ali Mufuruki was the founder of the Infotech Group of Tanzania, a conglomerate with interests in retail, real estate, information technology and financial services among other industries. He was also the founder of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) and Africa Leadership Initiative. Until his death, he also served as the chairman of Vodacom Tanzania.
Sanjay Rughani, the chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania, confirmed the news of Mufuruki’s passing in a press statement issued on Sunday.
“Dear board members: This is news I would never have wanted to break to you but our dear friend Ali Mufuruki passed on last night at Morningside Hospital, Johannesburg in South Africa….,” Rughani said in his message to members of the CEOrt.
According to a report by the Citizen newspaper of Tanzania, Mufuruki fell ill in Dar es Salaam last week and was rushed to the Aga Khan Hospital before he was airlifted to South Africa on Saturday afternoon.
Apart from being one of Tanzania’s richest men, Mufuruki was also one of the country’s most sought-after intellectuals. He was the co-author of the book, Tanzania’s industrialization journey, and had spoken at TED, and numerous other conferences around the world.