Xolane Ndhlovu a South African who went from being a prisoner to a crypto millionaire,tech entrepreneur and investor.
He founded DafriGroup PLC, a public company involved in industries including, technology, finance, hospitality, blockchain, real estate, media and aviation. It has branches in South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Comoros Island, England and Wales.
Before being an investor, he was a music DJ known as Master Ziggy. He found himself in conflict with the law and was convicted of a gang-related shooting and oing to nprison would have unexpected benefits.
In prison, he came in contact with the autobiography of Richard Branson and how the British mogul established a business empire. According to him, he was motivated by Branson’s “Losing My Virginity” to not only change his ways but to also become a business magnate.
“When I was younger, I became inspired to go into business after reading Richard Branson’s book, “Losing My Virginity.” It’s the story of how Branson went from zero business knowledge to becoming one of the most successful businessmen of our time,” he said
He made prudent use of his savings by investing in cryptocurrency platform Binance (BNB) and other tech companies.
In a short while, he made his first one million dollars while in prison and went on to launch an entrepreneurship center for fellow inmates aimed at equipping ex-offenders with entrepreneurship skills needed to do away from a life of crime and become good citizens.
He also built a corporate organization, UMEH Group and later, DafriGroup PLC.
“My first break came few years ago when I founded UMEH, which invest in small tech startup companies with the potential to grow. I made my first million dollars that way. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with DafriGroup.
In 2021, he launched his digital-only bank, DafriBank LTD and this helped him enter his country’s billionaires club.
Ndhlovu has an estimated crypto wealth of $300 million (R6 billion), according to the 2021 Top 50 Crypto Rich list.