Drake’s story has surprised many. It all began with selling and swapping his clothes with friends when he was 15 years old.
Growing up in Ghana, he was seen as a lost cause. He always came last in class, had several failed businesses, lost most of his friends and his savings on the stock market. He lost over 80% of his investment firm’s capital during the financial crisis of 2008.
“My failures in investing in 2008 taught me a very valuable lesson that financial markets and our societies do not operate in isolation,” he says.
From ashes, he founded The Wealth Project Holdings, a sustainable investment holding company focused on social impact through financial services and education in Africa.
“I took my failures in my professional investments and education and used entrepreneurship as a vehicle in resolving these personal, continental and universal challenges we face today.”
Drake also runs the Wealth Project Institute, an educational, entrepreneurial and investment institution which aims to empower hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors in Ghana.
He is also a partner at Jislah Financial Services, a micro-lending company in the heart of Accra that has pledged a $20-million investment to accelerate social-entrepreneurship in Africa, has an Institutional Investor Network with over 5,000 people, plans to list on the London Stock Exchange and turns over an excess of $1 million a year.
Drake is currently writing a book and working on a TV show designed for the African entrepreneur and investor.
So it is possible, the last can be first.