Ginimbi might not have lived long, but if life was ever measured in wealth and luxury, the Zimbabwean socialite could easily be said to have had one that was beautiful to the last. The famous businessman, who was born Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure, lost his life in November 2020 in his home country of Zimbabwe due to injuries he sustained from a car crash.
The businessman, who lived a very colorful and luxurious lifestyle, attracted attention not only for what was described as his unconventional means of making money but also for the cars he had to his name and his houses and other properties that were only a testament to his net worth, which was estimated to be in the tune of $5 to $10 million.
Ginimbi’s Quick Profile
- Full name: Genius Ginimbi Kadungure
- Date of birth: October 10, 1984
- Date of death: November 8, 2020 (aged 36)
- Occupation: Business
- Nationality: Zimbabwean
- Net worth: $10 million
A Look At How He Made His Fortune
Even though the speculations is that Ginimbi was a man who had a fortune that could be as high as $10 million, the truth is that he might have had more than that before he died. The socialite and often controversial businessman was known as someone who always had his way and got whatever he wanted.
He made his first fortune from the smuggling business. According to his cousin, Wanisayi Mutandwa, he was the one who was first into the smuggling of Remington Gold cigarettes before Genius later joined him. When they sent him to the border, he would spend the money, only to come back and apologize.
What would later be pointed to be the source of his massive wealth is his conglomerate of gas companies, Piko Trading Group. The company was in different countries in the Southern African sub-region. Another thing that added to his already huge fortune was his night club, Dreams Nightlife Club.
He was respected mainly because of his hard work, but almost everyone close to him seemed to agree after his death that he always got what he wanted by hook or by crook, and a good part of his wealth was probably through cunning and shrewd ways.
The fun-loving Ginimbi’s name was dragged more than once on issues relating to the controversial acquiring of wealth. It was once alleged that he refused to repay South Africa-based business tycoon Mutumwa Mawere an R340 000 debt, which he collected. Although the businessman threatened to take legal actions, Genuis insisted the claim was not true. On another occasion, he was alleged to have defrauded Zanu PF MP Gatawa of R1 581 890. There were also cases of tax evasion, among other things, against him.
The House of Ginimbi Was A Palace In Its Right
Thanks to his insatiable desire for all that as luxurious and beautiful, Ginimbi built for himself what could best be described as a palace in Harare, even though it was claimed that he did not upgrade his father’s home from the little house that it had always been.
He had different houses both in the country and in different parts of Africa. Although the worth of the different properties and their features are unknown, his main house in Harare is a large property with Versace doors. The businessman had a house in his hometown of Domboshava also. Needless to say, all his properties have gulped in millions of rand, but he has not revealed so much about them, as he has his luxury collection of cars.
He Had An Excellent Taste In Clothes and Jewellery
Ginimbi was a very fashionable individual whose clothes, shoes, jewelry, and wristwatches are all a revelation of his extravagant taste in fashion and style. He was a lover of designer wear, most especially Versace.
His best color in clothes was white, so he organized different white parties in Zimbabwe. He once revealed he wanted anyone attending his funeral to appear in white if he ever died. He is also a fan of T-shirts and jean trousers, although he also wore suits and other things.
Details have not been provided about the kind of jewelry he is a fan of, but like most other things, he preferred them expensive and fashionable.
Ginimbi Was A Lover Of Good Cars, And He Had One For Each Day Of The Week
In the same manner that he loved the party life and having fun or even more, the late Zimbabwean socialite also loved cars. Although he was initially introduced to the smuggling business by his aforementioned cousin, Kadungure, he bought his first car before his cousin. He bought many more before his death at the young age of 36.
The businessman, who was said to have started making his wealth at the age of 17, boasted that he had cars worth Sh150 million. Early in 2020, the businessman bought a Ferrari 488 valued at Sh26 million. He later spent Sh46 million to acquire a Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, which has a massive 6.5-liter V12 engine (740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque).
He once took to social media to boast of having a car for each day of the week, stating that while his Sh33 million Rolls Royce Wraith was for Monday, for Tuesday was his Bentley Continental valued at Sh20 million. The car he claimed was for Wednesday was his aforementioned Ferrari 488, and then his Rolls Royce Ghost worth Sh30 million was for Thursday. His Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster was the ride for Friday.
Although the aforementioned cars were the main ones in his collection, he also had several others, including Range Rovers, a Mercedes Benz S Class, and a BMW.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the cars of the late Zimbabwean:
- Rolls Royce Wraith- Sh33 million
- Bentley Continental- Sh20 million
- Ferrari 488- Sh26 million
- Rolls Royce Ghost- Sh30 million
- Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster- Sh46 million
- Mercedes Benz S Class
- Mercedes Benz G63 Brabus
- Range Rover Lumma
- Roll Royce Ghost (2016)
- Bentley Bentayga
- Bentley Mulsanne
He Died In His R5m Rolls-Royce Wraith And Was Buried in A Versace Coffin
What became a sad irony to the life of Zim’s rich man and lover of cars was that he lost his life to a car crash, which was blamed on the failure of the government to make for better roads in the country.
According to reports, Ginimbi was driving his Wraith when the car veered off the road before it hit a tree and then went off in flames. Although three men who were not identified could pull him out of the burning car, three other passengers in the car burned to death. Among those who died in the crash was Michelle ‘#Moana‘ Amuli, a fitness trainer whose birthday they were celebrating. They were driving from Kadungure’s nightclub Dreams when the tragic event occurred.
He had a head-to-head collision with a Honda car at around 5 AM while returning from the party before the car veered off the road. Others who also died at the scene of the crash were Karim and Elisha.
The millionaire, who died on the spot, was buried a week after in a Versace coffin with a Medusa print which was, unfortunately, only but a luxurious way of burying a man who lived and died living luxuriously.