ZUNAID MOTI

Chairman – Moti Group
Zunaid Moti, Chairman of the Moti Group, is undoubtably one of the most successful businessmen in South Africa. The story of his rise from humble beginnings to success is inspirational, and his sage wisdom and advice on business and life is greatly valued by fellow entrepreneurs.

As a business leader, Zunaid prizes innovative thinking, and actively encourages disruptive ideas that challenge paradigms. He believes that one of the greatest obstacles facing South African entrepreneurs is simply a lack of opportunity, which is why broad-based wealth creation and support for small and medium-sized enterprises remains a key focus in the Moti Group. Additionally, he notes that younger generations are full of ideas that could revolutionise their place of work, placing great value on mentorship and nurturing the next generation of business leaders.

He also firmly believes that if your heart beats for business but does not feel for the less fortunate, then you will never become a truly successful businessman. Through the Moti Trust, the philanthropic arm of the Moti Group, he therefore works to provide care and relief to those in urgent need, acting to drive educational initiatives for vulnerable children, support the elderly and poor households, and deliver vital aid to areas hit by natural disasters. As he has often said, “Remember, it only takes one person to change the lives of many. Be that person.”

His greatest passions, however, are his family and philanthropic work. His family time is non-negotiable, and despite his busy schedule, spending time with his wife and children remains his first priority.