Koos Bekker was bornon 14 December 1952 in Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa. Koos Bekker is #900 in List Billionaires People In The World. Bekker is revered as an astute executive who transformed South African newspaper publisher Naspers into an ecommerce investor & cable TV powerhouse. He led Naspers to invest in Chinese Internet and media firm Tencent in 2001 -- by far the most profitable of the bets he made on companies elsewhere. Bekker, who retired as the CEO of Naspers in March 2014, returned as chairman in April 2015. During his tenure as CEO, which began in 1997, Bekker oversaw a rise in the market capitalization of Naspers from about $600 million to $45 billion. During that time, he drew no salary, bonus, or benefits and was compensated via stock option grants that vested over time.
In 1997 Bekker became CEO of Naspers, one of the initial investors in the M-Net/Multichoice group
In the 1990s, he was a founding director of mobile communication company MTN
After a few years in advertising he read an MBA degree at Columbia Business School, graduating in 1984
Koos Bekker was born in Potchefstroom, South Africa on 14 December 1952