Innovator, software developer and founder of Net1 Technologies are just a few of the titles held by Serge Belamant over the years. He’s also the first inventor of blockchain technology, which is a ledger of records linked together with cryptography that he created in 1989. He also holds the patent for that technology. His many contributions to the financial sector is why he’s been labeled the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of the Republic of South Africa (RSA). About Serge Belamant story began in Tulle, France where he was born in 1953. He later moved to South African with his family at the age of 14. It was during this time in his life that Belamant learned to read and write English. He attended Highlands North High School for Boys in Johannesburg where he played sports and received many honors.
He was captain of the science club, awarded Victor Ludorum, named Head Prefect and a member of the chess club, placing sixth in the 1972 South African Chess School Championship. By the time expert Serge Belamant graduated with an exemption pass to university, it was clear that he would have a bright future. Belamant attended both Witwatersrand University and the University of South Africa. He studied engineering, computer science, applied mathematics and information systems. Although Belamant left school to pursue his working career at the age of 22, he was later awarded an honorary PhD in Information Technology from Burkes University located in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Serge Belamant’s expansive career has included key positions in leading companies, such as Control Data, DATABANK, Bancorp and SASWITCH. He also worked with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which included leading a Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Vereeniging road planning project. An entrepreneur at heart, Belamant launched Net1 Technologies and Zilch Technology Limited at different phases in his career, both with great success. In his current venture, Belamant continues to invent blockchain technology and he has advanced cryptocurrency markets. Prior to leaving his Net1 Technologies, he was instrumental in the company becoming a publically traded entity. After developing many applications and software programs throughout his career, Serge Belamant filed a variety of patents with the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).