Vusi Thembekwayo Biography, Net Worth, Wikipedia, Age, Wife, Children, Family
Vusi Thembekwayo is a South African Entrepreneur, Global Keynote speaker and venture capitalist.
Internationally the 36-year-old has earned his stripes over a 16-year speaking career that has seen him move from public speaking to being one of the most sought after global keynote business speakers. He has built an impressive profile globally and speaks to 350 000 people in 21 countries which include New York, London, Paris, Lagos, Jersey, Guernsey, Rio de Janeiro, Dar es Salaam, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Colombo, Nairobi, Kampala, San Francisco but to name a few.
Vusi Thembekwayo Wiki/Profile
|Full name||Vusi Thembekwayo|
|Date of birth||21st March 1985|
|Age||37 years old (2023)|
|Wife||Palesa Makhetha Thembekwayo|
|Net Worth||$600 million|
Vusi Thembekwayo Biography
Vusi Thembekwayo is a South African venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He was born on the 21st March 1985 in Benoni on the East Rand of Gauteng Province, South Africa.
He is a Global Business Speaker, private equity Managing Partner at Watermark Afrika, CEO of pan-African impact investment firm MyGrowthFund Venture Capital & convenor of leading research boutique IC Knowledge Bureau.
Ranked number 1 in public speaking at the age of 17, Vusi went on to receive third place in the world at the English-Speaking Union International Competition. He is one of the youngest most successful Africans today and his story is indeed inspiring.
Vusi Thembekwayo Age
Vusi Thembekwayo was born on the 21st of March 1985 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa. He is 36 years old as of 2022.
Vusi Thembekwayo Education
Vusi Thembekwayo attended Benini High School for his secondary education. During this time, he got pushed back 2 years because he did not know how to speak Afrikaans.
Between 2008- 2009, he went to the University of Witwatersrand where he studied Management Advanced Programme (Cum Laude), Commerce. He later did a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from Gordon Institute of Business Science from 2010- 2011.
Regardless of his achievements, Vusi never stopped learning. In 2009, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Commerce Wits University. Later, he joined the University of Pretoria GIBS and learned modeling and financial evaluation techniques.
He then did Corporate Finance (Advance Valuation), Financial Modelling, and Valuations from INSEAD. This was from 2011- 2012. He then did an Executive MBA (Dean’s list), Business/ Managerial Economics from Ashridge Executive Education in Hult International Business School from 2015 till 2017.
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Vusi Thembekwayo Career
Vusi Thembekwayo’s career started when he recognized his God-given talent in public speaking from a very early age. It has been said that by the time he was 17 years, he was already ranked as one of the best in the African continent for motivational speaking.
Coming from an ordinary background, life was difficult at times for him, but he managed to get a good primary and secondary education. Once he finished his matriculation, he enrolled at university but dropped out in his first year due to a lack of finances.
This did not stop him though, it actually made him make other plans. Vusi started looking for a job in shopping malls in the East Rand of Johannesburg in shops and any other potential place of employment.
Nothing proved to come out of this. However, he continued horning his oratory skills. He was good at talking in public and convincing people and would use that to his advantage in the years to follow.
Having realised the difficulty of finding a job, he then used this personality trait coupled with his international networks (acquired through public speaking in previous years) and mobile phones to his financial advantage.
Vusi started recruiting apprentices in South Africa for jobs based in England and Australia. This initiative led to the creation of his first company called Global Professionals South Africa, which then created a global recruitment agency which he operated from the comfort of the four walls of his bedroom.
Vusi Thebekwayo then sold part of his business to a digital agency based in Johannesburg to digitize the business. Too early for the digital revolution and with poorly chosen partners, Vusi quickly left the company and the money.
However, at the age of 22, Vusi had the opportunity to change his life: he was offered a position in a corporate finance company.
Here, he refined his skills in corporate finance and became one of the finance lever guys in the team. He combined his financial skills with public speaking and after a commitment to speak, he moved away from the event with a job offer.
Vusi Thembekwayo became an executive at Metro Cash and Carry, one of Africa’s largest consumer goods companies, where he started, developed, and managed a multi-million-dollar (40 million Rand) portfolio.
Vusi has been the catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership, and sales.
New York, London, Paris, Lagos, Jersey, Guernsey, Rio de Janeiro, Dar es Salaam, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Colombo, Nairobi, Kampala, San Francisco, and another 21 global cities have all experienced Vusi.
Vusi Thembekwayo is making waves internationally as a thought-provoking young business leader from the continent with many ideas on solving economic issues in Africa. His mission is to change the African narrative by challenging the mindset and approach towards achieving economic freedom.
Vusi launched his podcast Ideas that matter in November 2013 and since then, the podcast has dozens of episodes already. His podcast shows are very informative, educative, and insightful. Some of the topics he has explored are Joy, The Veblen effect, Clarity, The genesis, elevation, etc.
Vusi Thembekwayo Wife
Vusi Thembekwayo is married to a beautiful South African woman by the name of Palesa Makhetha Thembekwayo.
Like her husband, Palesa Thembekwayo is an entrepreneur. Together with her husband and other partners, they founded My Growth Fund, which identifies, nurtures, and helps finance black entrepreneurs in South Africa and supports them to be successful.
Unlike her husband, who is a well-known public figure, Palesa Thembekwayo prefers a quiet life away from the limelight. She has a private Instagram account, and very little is known about her aside from the fact that she is an entrepreneur, a wife, and a mother.
Since the couple is often private about their relationship, it is unclear as to when or where the two met, but it is rumoured that they had dated for some time before walking down the aisle and exchanging their vows.
In early August 2022, reports emerged that Vusi Thembekwayo’s wife had filed for a divorce from the motivational speaker.
According to reports, Palesa cited physical abuse and cheating as the reason behind the divorce, pointing out that his infidelity has demotivated her from continuing with the marriage.
Vusi Thembekwayo Children
Vusi Thembekwayo and his wife have been blessed with three children, two sons, and a daughter.
Shortly after getting married, Vusi Thembekwayo’s wife gave birth to their firstborn son, called Vusumuzi Nathaniel Thembekwayo III, in 2010.
The couple welcomed their daughter, Amahle, in November 2012 and their second son in 2017.
Vusi Thembekwayo Net Worth
Vusi Thembekwayo has an estimated net worth of $600 million. He continues to wax stronger in all aspects of his career and personal life.