André A. Jackson
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July 19, 1964 |
|Residence||Luanda, Angola & Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Alma mater||University of Houston
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
André Action Diakité Jackson (Arabic: أندريه جاكسون), (born July 19, 1964), more commonly known by his African clan name "M’Zée Fula-Ngenge" (pronounced [əmˈzeɪ:] [fu:la] [ng'eing'ei]), is a French diamond industrialist and head of JFPI Corporation, Africa's largest holding company.
Jackson is the world's first diamond manufacturer of African descent and is also the architect and Chairman of both the African Diamond Council (ADC) and the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), the two umbrella bodies representing diamond-producing countries in Africa.
André Action Diakité Jackson was born into a family of African American descent. His father Tom Jackson was a decorated Administrator of the U.S. Armed Forces and his mother is Mary L. Barber Jackson, a retired linguistics professor.
Jackson became the world's first diamantaire of African descent in 1986, immediately after opening his own diamond manufacturing plant in Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC. In 1987, he became a close advisor to Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko.
In 1996, he briefly left Zaire and began expanding his diamond business by becoming a leading manufacturer of "superideal cut" (hearts & arrow) diamonds.
Jackson returned to the DR Congo (formerly Zaire) at the end of 1996 and proved to be instrumental in assisting Nelson Mandela to organize the first face-to-face meeting between Mobutu Sese Seko and Laurent-Désiré Kabila aboard the SAS Outeniqua, a South African naval supply ship docked off the coast of Pointe Noire (Republic of Congo).
In December 1999, the diamond magnate established the African Diamond Council (ADC), Africa's official diamond governing body.
More prominently, the ex-sprinter is also the alleged "Mystery Man" inside the doping-control room when Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive immediately following the 100m final at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.