14. Ermias Amelga
Ermias Amelga was born in Addis Ababa but would move to Egypt and later to Kenya but would return to Addis Ababa to study secondary school and university.
Fluent in Arabic, Swahili, English and Amharic the multilingual Ermias would drop out from Haile Selassie I University after only a year and move to the United States, where he would study and become an economist.
After 22 years away from his homeland, Ermias would return with his experience in Wall Street’s stock exchange and start innovative businesses in Ethiopia.
Ermias would create, develop and fund huge and lucrative businesses such as Royal Crown Mineral Water Factory (Highland water), Access Capital, Access Bank, Access Real Estate, Zemen Bank, and Jano Music Band among others.