Poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “Success is to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or redeemed social condition.” Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will leave his mark.
Zimbabwe is perceived by many to be one of the most arduous countries in Africa to lend a hand. Its GDP has pummeled to $1.8 billion from a peak of $13 billion. Its unemployment rate is 90%. To further compound matters, its long time leader, President Robert Mugabe is notorious for suppression of his political opponents. Bottomline, Zimbabwe is considered a failed state.
Not to billionaire optimist Richard Branson. Once again he quietly challenged conventional wisdom a year ago by establishing Enterprise Zimbabwe. The founder of the Virgin Group, with the help of several other organizations, has attracted money to open hospitals where nurses are getting paid and distributing textbooks to primary schools. Branson made his organization’s official launch back in mid-September at a gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative to raise more money.
Richard Branson, once again validates his successful optimism.