Yérim Habib Sow, is a Senegalese entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairman of the Teyliom group which is active in 16 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East through 52 companies.
Born in 1967, Yérim Sow grew up in a prosperous West African family. Yérim Sow, one of Africa’s greatest businessmen, started getting involved with business by reselling products bought in Senegal during his trips abroad.
In 1988, he founded his first company in Senegal, Direct Access which specializes in IT. Six years later, in 1994, he started to work in both Senegal and Ivory Coast markets of mobile phones. His company enjoyed success with its model called “beep access”. He later uses this success to conquer the telecom market, which was just born in West Africa; he took part of Loteny Telecom, a mobile operator holder of the first mobile operator license in Ivory Coast, in partnership with the Pan-African operator Telecel International, later bought by the Egyptian Orascom.
In 2001, he launched Teylium. In 2005, the South African telecom operator MTN bought 51% of Loteny from Yérim Sow. Then, in 2006, Teylium strengthened its activity and obtained a mobile license in Cape Verde where he created the company TPLUS, something which allowed him to play a huge role in the Guinean market of telecommunications.
His group kept growing and became one of the most important in West Africa and the whole continent. The Teylium group renamed Teyliom in 2013, was launched the same year the hospitality bet in Africa with the launch of Inaugurates Hospitality Group and its Mangalis management subsidiary. The company intends to invest 315 million euros in the construction of 15 hotels in 13 African countries.