Rostam Aziz

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Rostam Aziz
رستم عزیز
Member of Parliament
for Igunga
In office
1994 – 13 July 2011
Succeeded by Dalaly Kafumu
Personal details
Born c. 1964 (age 51–52)[1]
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Occupation Businessman
Net worth $1 billion (July 2015)[1]
Ethnicity Baloch[2]

Rostam Abdulrasul Aziz is a Tanzanian politician, businessman and entrepreneur. According to Forbes magazine, he was reportedly the first Tanzanian billionaire in 2013 with an estimated net worth of US$1 billion.[3]

He represented the Igunga constituency in Tabora Region from 1993 until his resignation in 2011.[4] Every household in his constituency was provided with health insurance from the Community Health Fund.[5]


The Aziz’s are a fifth generation Tanzanian family of Iranian ancestry. [6] They settled in Tanganika after transiting in Zanzibar, circa 1850. The family initially began farming sisal, rice and sugar cane.


The Aziz family is one of the wealthiest families in East Africa. Their investments range from telecommunications, agriculture, media, mining, and ports facilities.

The Aziz Group holdings include:

  • Shareholding in Vodacom Tanzania, the leading mobile telephone network in the country, a subsidiary of Vodafone.[7]
  • Caspian Limited, the largest contract mining company in Tanzania. Mining contractor to DeBeers, Barrick Gold and others.
  • Ownership of the port of Dar es Salaam, in partnership with Hutchison Wampoa
  • Wembere Hunting Safaris Limited
  • Africa Tanneries Limited
  • Tanzania Leather Industries Limited
  • Various newspapers, radio and television stations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "#1741 Rostam Azizi". Forbes. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Juma Volter Mwapachu (2005). Confronting New Realities: Reflections on Tanzania's Radical Transformation. E & D Limited. ISBN 978-9987-411-20-7. 
  3. ^ "50 RICHEST PEOPLE IN AFRICA #26Rostam Azizi". Forbes. Retrieved 21 July 2015. Rostam Azizi, Tanzania's first billionaire. 
  4. ^ Guardian, Reporter. "Rostam Resigns As MP, NEC Member date=13 July 2011". IPP Media (Dar es Salaam). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Mande, Mike (17 July 2011). "Tanzania's opposition welcomes Rostam Aziz's quitting". The EastAfrican. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  6. ^ David Lawrence (October 2009). Tanzania: The Land, Its People and Contemporary Life. Intercontinental Books. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-9987-9308-3-8. 
  7. ^ The Citizen, Reporter (28 November 2013). "Rostam Offloads Vodacom Equity for A Cool TSh387 Billion (US$242 Million)". The Citizen. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

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