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African American Billionaire, Robert Smith Sponsors The Education of Schoolchildren In Chibok, Nigeria

Afro-American billionaire Robert Smith sponsors the education of 24 schoolgirls in Chibok at the American University, Yola, in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

His identity was revealed Wednesday by Garba Shehu, senior media assistant, to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, during a meeting with reporters in Abuja.

Mr. Shehu also revealed that the wealthy man proposes to assume responsibility for the 21 girls released in October and all the others who “hopefully will eventually be released.”


He is a 54-year-old businessman who has attended good American colleges such as the universities of Cornell and Columbia. In Cornell, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in Columbia. He lives in Austin, Texas.

According to a short biography written on him by Forbes, he was the son of Ph.D. holders. Smith opened its own private equity store, Vista Equity Partners, in 2000. The company is expected to cost over $ 26 billion.

“Neuberger Berman has bought a stake in Austin, Texas, of $ 16.9 billion (assets), best known for the development of corporate software outfits, in July 2015,” Forbes said.
Forbes ranked him as the 274th richest man in the US on December 27, with a net worth of $ 2.5 billion. It is ranked 688th in the world. A few other reports put its net worth at $ 3 billion.


He is a businessman who personally built his own reputation, he made money in capital investments. He struggled very early to get what he wanted.


According to his story, as a junior at the East High School in Denver in the 1970s, he showed a fascination for the discipline: Computer science.

In September, he donated $ 20 million to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. His private donation, as reported by Washington Post, was the second largest behind that of Opral Winfrey, the richest African American, who donated $ 21 million.

Smith received the Reginald F. Lewis Award of Excellence, “Robert Toigo Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year” and Robert F. Kennedy’s “Ripple of Hope Award for Human Rights.”


Smith also received an honorary doctorate in international affairs from the American University School of International Service. He founded Project Realize – called “Free Market Philanthropy” – in order to combine the best elements of the American free enterprise system.

No wonder he’s ready to help the Chibok schoolgirls get out of their predicament and give them a dream education.


Written by How Africa

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