Marcopolis’ seventh (7th) most influential businessman, voted for by other successful entrepreneurs in Ghana, is Italian-born Ernesto Taricone. Taricone is an industrial investor and civil engineer, who followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the most prominent business tycoons in Ghana.
Taricone was born in Rome in 1948. He, his two brothers, and his father migrated to Ghana so that his father could start a chain of businesses. Taricone took over his father’s companies and expanded them substantially. Today, he is Chairman of Trasacco Group, a conglomerate known for its quality and innovation. Each of the companies in the Group is a leader in the industry in which it serves, which includes the real estate and construction sectors. In the 1990’s, Taricone raised enough funds to develop land that his father had acquired. With that land, he developed Trasacco Valley, a project he named after a town in Italy. Trasacco Valley was the first luxury residential development in the country. Needless to say, Trasacco is a name Ghanaians have come to know.
Taricone’s hard work has made him one of the wealthiest people in Ghana, with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion. His businesses focus majorly on various key sections in the Ghanaian economy, such as agriculture, mining, forestry, and of course, real estate. Companies under the Group include WAID, IPCP, Fast Rood, Royal Aluminum Systems, Gulfwing Aviation, and Fabi Timbers.
On a personal note, Taricone has raised three children, named Ernest, Cinzia, and Agata. They are each actively involved in the family business and are key players in the daily growth of the company.
Taricone took a small family business and turned it into an empire, and moreover, shows no signs of slowing down. He has certainly earned the seventh (7th) spot on Marcopolis’ list of most influential businessmen.