Africa’s youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji kidnapped in Tanzania

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

He said police were looking for suspects and had already made arrests.

The motive for Mr Dewji's abduction is still unclear.

His current net worth is about US$1.5 billion, according to the Forbes Billionaires list.

In a 2017 report, it said Mr Dewji was Africa's youngest billionaire.

He then took over one of Tanzania's biggest football clubs.

He promised in 2016 to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes, Forbes said.

According to, the youthful tycoon was kidnapped at around 5am from Collessium Hotel as he worked out in a gym.

Dewji is Africa's youngest billionaire and runs the METL group, a family business founded by his father in the 1970s, that operates across six African countries.

Unlike Mr Lissu, Mr Dewji, who served as a ruling party MP until 2015, has been careful to demonstrate his loyalty to Tanzania's increasingly authoritarian leader on numerous occasions.

Mohammed Dewji has huge celebrity status in Tanzania.

Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji has been rescued from kidnappers in early Thursday morning incident which spread like a bush-fire on social media platforms.

What more do we know about his abduction?


"They came in a auto to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away".

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda said the businessman was kidnapped by two men as he entered the hotel.

A taxi driver nearby said when Mr Dewji appeared, the vehicle parked inside flashed lights before the two white men alighted and seized him.

Security personnel across Tanzania have been put on high alert in the hunt for the abductors, police said.

Police in Dar es Salaam are investigating the alleged kidnapping. And Dar es Salaam is very safe, in comparison to Lagos or Johannesburg, the main cities in Nigeria and South Africa respectively. "I personally saw the person to be Mo Dewji". Some may have chauffeurs, but not bodyguards.

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