10 Facts About Koos Bekker


Jacobus Petrus "Koos" Bekker was born on 14 December 1952 and is a South African billionaire businessman, and the chairman of media group Naspers.


Koos Bekker operates in 130 countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.


Koos Bekker was born in Potchefstroom, South Africa in 1952.


Koos Bekker attended Hoer Volkskool Heidelberg and completed degrees at Stellenbosch University, in law and literature, and at Wits University, in law.


Koos Bekker holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University.


Koos Bekker was compensated solely via stock option grants that vested over time.


In 2020, Koos Bekker was ranked as the third-wealthiest South African by Forbes, with a fortune reported as US$2.4billion.


Under Koos Bekker, Naspers invested in pay television, mobile telephony and various internet services.


Former South African Minister for Communications, Yunus Carrim testified to the Zondo Commission into State Capture that Koos Bekker had played a significant role in irregularly pressuring government officials to protect MultiChoice's effective monopoly over South Africa's pay-TV sector.


Koos Bekker is married, with two children, and resides in Cape Town, South Africa.