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Netflix Names Zimbabwean Telecom Billionaire to Board as Part of Africa Growth Push

Strive Masiyiwa is first African to join the streaming giant's board of directors.

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Netflix Inc. appointed Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa to its board, adding its first African director as it looks to new markets for future growth.

Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of Econet Global, a telecommunications company that operates across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Econet offers phone, broadband and satellite service, and is also a major provider of mobile payments.