The Bloomberg Businessweek has honored Dr. James Mwangi, Equity Group’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, by selecting him to be among the 2019 Bloomberg 50. This is an honorary list of fifty innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have impacted the global business landscape in measurable ways.

Dr. Mwangi was lauded for his contribution in steering Equity Bank to have presence in the greater Central and Southern Africa region. He was honored alongside environmental activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, CNN President and Warner Media Chairman Jeff Zucker, Singer and entrepreneur Rihanna, among others.

The Bloomberg 50 represents the most influential thought leaders in business who merit recognition and applause for their achievements in the business scene. It highlights inspirational innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who are changing the game in quantifiable ways – from finance to fashion, entertainment to manufacturing, biotech, philanthropy and almost everything in between. Each year, The Bloomberg 50 honorees are celebrated in a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek across all platforms. Bloomberg Businessweek is a weekly publication available in over 150 countries across the world. The publication focuses heavily on research and in providing a detailed analysis of trends in global economics, companies and industries, politics and policy, technology, markets and finance, innovation and design, and lifestyle.

Dr. Mwangi, is a celebrated African entrepreneur who has won various awards, among them being named by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 thought leaders in emerging markets and among the top 20 most influential people in Africa. In 2012 he was awarded as the 2012 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. The Africa Investor Awards named him Africa CEO of the Year in 2009 and 2015, and then as Innovation Leader of the Year in 2012. The African Banker named him African Banker of the year in 2010, 2011 and 2018. He is the inaugural winner of the African Leader of the Year by the African Leadership Network and the Forbes Person of the Year 2012. He was named the Banker of the Year during the 4th Banker Africa – East Africa Awards 2017 and 2018.