There seems to be some level of miscalculation with regards to popular lists released by known media organizations who rank Africa’s Richest People.
Maybe, they do not put Ghanaian Business Mogul, Dr Osei Kwame Despite on their radar, due to reasons best known to them. But if they do, he could be one of Africa’s Richest if not the Most Richest.
Yes, he could beat Nigeria’s Dangote to ascend the thrown as the most bankable African Businessman.
Kwame Despite’s Businesses span across several industries; Media, FMCG, Real Estate & Construction, Banking & Finance, Insurance among others. He owns one of the biggest media conglomerate in Ghana – Despite Media Group.
The last time we checked Despite owns half of all the big storey buildings in one of Accra’s most luxurious neighborhood, East Legon and most of the buildings at Adum and Kejetia in Kumasi and Tudu in Accra, which are the two most popular market centres in Ghana.
Despite is currently the Chairman & CEO of Despite Group of Companies and Co-founder of Special Group of Companies which he co-owns with his brother, Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong.
Now, looking at his Business interests, Despite seems to have tried a lot of Businesses during the early days of his life. Selling CDs and Cassette tapes on the street of Accra and Kumasi, managing musicians and movie actors and actress to becoming the most respected Ghanaian Businessman spanning more than 3 decades. He believes in hardwork, determination and focus as most of his peers know him for. With all his Businesses, Properties and Wealth, he still strive for excellence in everything he does.
Aside that, Dr. Despite, 59, is one of the most popular personalities in Ghana. Although, he is not active on social media but he is one of the most celebrated Ghanaians on social media. On February 13th, 2020 Despite and his family became the biggest subject on social media when his first son, Kennedy Osei got married to his longtime girlfriend, Tracy, following the most talked about white wedding on Valentine’s day. The wedding took the whole Africa by storm, as it was tipped as the most expensive wedding ever organised in Africa(According to Vibeweek and some other media outlets).
In his Personal life, Despite is blessed with 5 children, 4 boys and a girl, according to reports. His first son, Kennedy Osei is the General Manager of Despite Media and Director of some part of his father’s companies. He recently gave birth to Twin daughters with his wife Tracy. The couple has set February, 13th 2021 for a ceremony to name the twins after his dad, who recently celebrated his 59th birthday. The event is said to be a private ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite is also a notable philanthropist who has supported a lot of courses in Ghana and abroad. He has built facilities for Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Hospital, which are the two biggest hospitals in his country, Ghana.
Few months after Ghana reported its first COVID-19 case, the Businessman together with his brother, Ernest Ofori Sarpong donated US$100,000 cash to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to help combat the deadly disease.
He is not known to have affiliated himself with any political party ever in his life. He has been supporting people from all the political parties in Ghana as he is friends with both leaders of the two main political parties in Ghana.
We have many more to talk about Dr Osei Kwame Despite in our subsequent articles. Enjoy reading on Vibeweek.com.