Koos Bekker

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Koos Bekker
Born (1952-12-14) 14 December 1952 (age 65)
Potchefstroom, South Africa
ResidenceCape Town, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
OccupationChair of Naspers
Net worth$ 2.3 billion (August 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Karen Roos

Jacobus Petrus "Koos" Bekker (born 14 December 1952) is chairman of leading emerging markets media group Naspers.[2][3] The company operates in 130 countries and is listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges, and has the largest market capitalization of any media company outside the US and China.

Early life[edit]

Koos Bekker was born in Potchefstroom, South Africa on 14 December 1952. Bekker received his school education from Hoër Volkskool Heidelberg and completed degrees from Stellenbosch University in Law and Literature and Wits University in Law. During his studies in Stellenbosch he was a hostel boarder of Eendrag Manskoshuis.[citation needed]


After a few years in advertising he read an MBA degree at Columbia Business School, graduating in 1984. As a result of a project paper, he, and a few young colleagues founded one of the first two pay television services outside the US. M-Net and its sister companies like Multichoice eventually expanded to 48 countries across Africa. In the 1990s, he was a founding director of mobile communication company MTN.[3][4] In 1997 Bekker became CEO of Naspers, one of the initial investors in the M-Net/Multichoice group.[citation needed] Naspers bought out the other shareholders. During his tenure, the market capitalization of Naspers grew from about $1.2 billion to $45 billion. His compensation package was unusual in that for fifteen years as CEO he earned no salary, bonus or perks. He was compensated solely via stock option grants that vested over time.[citation needed]

Foreign investments[edit]

Under Bekker, Naspers invested in pay television, mobile telephony and various internet services. Geographically the group spans Europe, Africa, Latin America, China, India, Russia and various smaller countries.


  1. ^ "Forbes profile of Koos Bekker". Forbes. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ "About Naspers, Non-Executive Directors". Naspers. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-08-19/south-african-bekker-becomes-billionaire-with-china-media
  4. ^ "Koos Bekker: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.