Zimbabwe’s richest man, Strive Masiyiwa is renting a US$40 000 five-bedroomed apartment in New York according to the New York Post. The apartment which has 7½ bathrooms is on the 12th floor of Harry Macklowe’s at 737 Park Ave. The Post says the apartment was originally going for US$49 500 a month and features a windowed chef’s kitchen, a master suite with a windowed dressing area and two spa bathrooms. Masiyiwa owns Econet, Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operate. Econet Wireless operates in 17 countries, has 6 000 employees and generates US$3 billion a year. Masiyiwa’s fortune is estimated at US$600 million. According to the World Bank, Zimbabwe’s gross national income per capita is $820. The average government workers earns about $375 a month. Zimbabwe uses the United States dollar as its main currency.
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