“Our family house was not too far from the stadium. I would often put water in our chest freezers at home, and then sell the iced water to the supporters watching the games in the Stadium.” Kevin Okyere said.
Okyere’s enterprising spirit was already in display when he was only 11. Little had he known that fortune would smile on him someday.
“Everyone used to call me ‘Eddie Murphy’ in reference to the movie, ‘Coming To America’. The movie was quite recent in Ghana at the time. They used to wonder why I was working when my father was wealthy,” He tells Forbes.
In just 12 years, Kevin Okyere, only 38, has successfully built his company, Springfield Group, into a $1 billion (annual revenues) multifaceted Ghanaian energy behemoth. Forbes reports.
The company is involved in trading and transporting hydrocarbons, terminal and storage, gas stations, and recently, oil exploration, employing hundreds of people in Ghana and Nigeria.
The billion-dollar entrepreneur wants the world to know that Ghanaians are capable of setting precedent for indigenous companies looking to participate in the Upstream Sector.
The Ghanaian mogul told Forbes, “we’re the first Ghanaian company to venture into oil exploration. We are in a unique position to set a precedent for indigenous companies looking to participate in the upstream sector. If we succeed, then we’d have sent a strong message – that Ghanaians are just as capable. That’s really important to me,”
But, in spite of his wealth, it might be surprising that Okyere does not want to be remembered as one of the wealthiest Ghanaians.
He said, “I’ve been fortunate in business and in life, and giving back is the least I can do. In the end, I don’t think I want to be remembered as one of the wealthiest Ghanaians; I’d like to be remembered as one of the biggest givers.”