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Dangote Joins Tech Titans Like Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos To Combat Climate Change


Alhaji Aliko Dangote joined big names in Tech like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg to launch the Breakthrough Energy Coalition which comes on the heels on the COP summit in Paris where world leaders are expected to reach a deal on carbon emission cuts worldwide. Quite notably, only two business leaders from Africa were on the list of the founding members namely Aliko Dangote from Nigeria and Patrice Motsepe who is the Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) from South Africa. Both nations represent two biggest economies and control nearly 60% of the entire data centre space on the continent. Together they represent over 230 million of the entire over 1 billion African population. In addition, majority of the continental multinationals are headquartered in the two nations and this means they are by far the two most industrialised. This means that both nations have much to in combating the effects of climate change.

A statement on the Breakthrough Energy Coalition reads “We are committed to doing our part and filling this capital need by coming together in a new coalition. We will form a network of private capital committed to building a structure that will allow informed decisions to help accelerate the change to the advanced energy future our planet needs. Success requires a partnership of increased government research, with a transparent and workable structure to objectively evaluate those projects, and committed private-sector investors willing to support the innovative ideas that come out of the public research pipeline.” Facebook announced a clean energy powered data centre in July where it said the data centre will run on 100% renewable. The members of this group are committed to funding research into cleaner sources of energy.

Here’s a list of the founding members o f the Breakthrough Energy Coalition;

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited


John Arnold

Co-chair, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

United States

Marc Benioff

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com

United States

Jeff Bezos

Founder and CEO, Amazon

United States

HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alwaleed Philanthropies

Saudi Arabia

Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

United Kingdom

Ray Dalio

Founder, Bridgewater Associates

United States

Aliko Dangote

Founder and Chief Executive, Dangote Group


John Doerr

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

United States

Bill Gates

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

United States

Reid Hoffman

Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock

United States

Chris Hohn

Founder, The Children’s Investment Fund

United Kingdom

Vinod Khosla

Founder, Khosla Ventures

United States

Jack Ma

Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group


Patrice Motsepe

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)

South Africa

Xavier Niel

Founder, Iliad Group


Hasso Plattner

Co-founder and Chairman, SAP


Julian Robertson

Founder and Chairman, Tiger Management

United States

Neil Shen

Founding Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China


Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons

Co-founders, Prelude Ventures

United States

Masayoshi Son

Founder, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group Corp.


George Soros

Chairman, Soros Fund Management LLC

United States

Tom Steyer

Businessman, Philanthropist, and President, NextGen Climate

United States

Ratan Tata

Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons


Meg Whitman

CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

United States

Ms. Zhang Xin and Mr. Pan Shiyi

Co-founder and CEO, SOHO China
Chairman, SOHO China


Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook 
Pediatrician and CEO, The Primary School

United States

University of California

Office of the Chief Investment Officer

United States

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