Jacobus Petrus “Koos” Bekker was born on December 14, 1952, in Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa. He is a South African billionaire businessman and the chairman of media group Naspers. Naspers operates in 130 countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Bekker grew up as a farm boy in the town of Heidelberg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. He attended Hoër Volkskool Heidelberg for his secondary education. Bekker completed degrees in Law and Literature at Stellenbosch University and another degree in Law at Wits University. During his time at Stellenbosch University, he was a hostel boarder of Eendrag Manskoshuis.
Bekker served as the CEO of Naspers from 1997 to 2014 before assuming the position of chairman in 2015. He is married to Karen Roos, and together they have four children. As of March 31, 2023, Koos Bekker is 70 years old.