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Haile Gebrselassie: The secret behind my business success

What you need to know:

  • Well, from 1,000 employees in 2015, and at 47 years of age today, Gebrselassie’s businesses have increased tremendously and he now has over 3,000 employees across his investments in Ethiopia and beyond.
  • From a monthly income of just Sh2,000 as a professional Ethiopian Police runner in 1990, legend now banks over Sh83 million each month from his businesses
  • Gebrselassie owns Marathon Motors, a vehicle business that also assembles Hyundai cars, and which recently rolled off the first electric car from its assembly plant


On May 10, 2015, a statement from the Global Sports Communication (GSC) head office on Snelliusstraat 10, Nijmegen in the Netherlands announced the inevitable retirement of their marquee athlete.

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