The head of Naspers and MIH’s global internet operations Antonie Roux has died aged 54.
According to Naspers publication Fin 24 Roux died after undergoing surgery in Heidelberg, Germany.
Roux was a founding member of the company’s subscription TV channel M-Net. He went on to head up its internet service provider M-Web, before taking over as Naspers’ CEO for internet operations in 2002, and its online investment division MIH in 2011.
The executive worked for Naspers for the best part of 20 years, starting as junior technician and climbing his way up the ranks. In 2008 he was awarded the Phil Weber Award, which is the highest accolade awarded in the Naspers group.
Naspers is a multi-billion Rand company with holdings in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, China, and India. Through its stake in Russian investment group Mail.ru, Naspers has an indirect stake in Facebook.