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Biography of Malamine KONé

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Malamine KONé
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Born on 21/12/1971 (format : day/month/year)

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Malamine Koné (b. December 21, 1971) is a young, french businessman originally from Mali. He was born in the village of Niéna, a village situated in the South West of Mali, near Bamako in Mali. 

His early life as a boxer has left him with an impressive body. His nickname of the "Panther" is synonamous with an impressive and successful business success. Malamine Koné has created a famous range of sports clothes with a feline logo. The clothes have become an amazing success with the young. The Airness label has managed to raise itself to the level of the top brands with an annual turnover of over 100 000million Euros. In 2007 the International Chamber of Commerce awarded Malamine with the trophy of "the most remarkable entrepreneur of the year". His success is a symbol for those other who have the same poor suburban immigrant origins and who aspire to achieve something.

Originating from a poor family, Malamine was a bear footed shepherd in Mali, watching over a flock of sheep until the age of ten, when his parents, who had come to France, had him join then. Coming to France at the age of ten, he didn't speak a word of french, had never been to school, the challenge was formidable. Malamine made making the impossible possible his motto.

The need to communicate inscited him to achieve the impossible, he came out of school with success, he went to University and after two years was ready to become a Police Inspector, however he turned to Boxing and soon beome double champion of France. Unfortunately he had a serious road accident and badly damaged his knee. After twelve operations over a five year period, he reflected on his life and ambitions. 

His clothing company was the result of his ideas, he created his clothing comany and it is today the top french brand that supplies sportswear to football clubs. Malamine continues to fight for the success of his brand and is an ardent supporter of effort by all young people from poorer areas who wish to break out of their mould and achieve something. 

Last update : 08/20/2009

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