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Masiyiwa ranks 12th on African billionaires list



THE African billionaire landscape, as delineated by Forbes, is largely dominated by the top 10 wealthiest individuals, who collectively constitute half of the continent’s 20 billionaires.
However, beyond this elite group lies a cadre of notable individuals who have also ascended to billionaire status through their entrepreneurial acumen and business ventures.

South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is currently the continent’s 11th richest man.

Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon Strive Masiyiwa is Africa’s 12th richest businessman with a fortune of US$1.8 billion. Masiyiwa is tied with Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji.

1. Aliko Dangote Networth-US$16.1 billion Aliko Dangote, the wealthiest individual in Africa for 13 years, established and currently leads Dangote Cement, the largest cement manufacturer on the continent.

Through a holding company, he possesses an 85% stake in the publicly traded Dangote Cement. With a production capacity of 48.6 million metric tonnes annually, Dangote Cement operates in 10 African countries. In March 2022, Dangote’s fertiliser plant in Nigeria commenced operations after years of development. Additionally, construction of the Dangote Refinery has been completed.

2. Johan Rupert Networth US$10.5 billion. Johann Rupert is the man behind, lifestyle brand Compagnie Financiere Richemont, a renowned Swiss luxury goods company recognized for brands like Cartier and Montblanc. Established in 1998, Richemont emerged from a spinoff of assets previously held by Rembrandt Group Limited, founded by his father Anton in the 1940s. Rupert holds a 7% stake in Remgro, a diversified investment firm where he also holds the position of chairman. Additionally, he owns 27% of Reinet, an investment holding company based in Luxembourg.

3. Nicky Oppenheimer net worth US$9.5 billion. Nicky Oppenheimer, the 78-year-old inheritor of the De Beers diamond legacy, made headlines in 2012 by selling his 40% stake in the company to mining conglomerate Anglo American for a staggering US$5.1 billion in cash. As the third generation to helm De Beers, Oppenheimer orchestrated its transition to private ownership in 2001. For an impressive 85 years until 2012, the Oppenheimer family wielded significant influence in the global diamond industry. Beyond diamonds, Oppenheimer ventured into aviation, founding Fireblade Aviation in Johannesburg in 2014, specializing in chartered flights.

4. Nassef Sawiris net worth US$8.6 billion. Nassef Sawiris, an investor and Egypt’s richest man, made headlines in December 2020 when he acquired a notable 5% stake in New York-listed firm Madison Square Garden Sports, which boasts ownership of the NBA Knicks and the NHL Rangers teams. Sawiris leads OCI, a prominent nitrogen fertilizer producer with facilities located in Texas and Iowa, trading on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. Additionally, Orascom Construction, an engineering and building firm under his purview, is listed on both the Cairo exchange and Nasdaq Dubai. Notably, his portfolio includes a substantial nearly 6% holding in the renowned German sportswear giant Adidas. Sawiris further made waves in the sports world by partnering with Fortress Investment Group’s Wes Edens to acquire the Premier League’s Aston Villa Football Club.

5. Abdul Samad Rabiu net worth US$7 billion. Abdulsamad Rabiu is the chairman of BUA Group, a leading Nigerian conglomerate renowned for its activities in cement production, sugar refining, and real estate, has been making notable strides in the business landscape. In a significant move in early January 2020, Rabiu orchestrated the merger of his privately-owned Obu Cement company with the publicly listed firm Cement Co. of Northern Nigeria, of which he held controlling interest. This led to the creation of BUA Cement Plc, a powerhouse entity now trading on the Nigerian stock exchange, with a substantial 98.2% ownership stake. Furthermore, Rabiu holds a 95% ownership share in BUA Foods, a prominent publicly traded food conglomerate.

6. Mike Adenuga net worth US$7 billion. Mike Adenuga is one of Nigeria’s esteemed entrepreneurs with businesses in telecoms and oil production. Notably, his brainchild, Globacom, is part of the country’s largest mobile phone network. He’s enterprise, Conoil Producing, oversees operations across six oil blocks situated in the Niger Delta, contributing significantly to the nation’s energy sector. Globacom spearheaded the development of Glo-1, an expansive 6,100-mile-long submarine Internet cable linking Nigeria to the United Kingdom via Ghana and Portugal, thereby enhancing connectivity and digital infrastructure in the region. Additionally, Adenuga holds an ownership stake of 74% in the publicly traded gasoline firm Conoil, further solidifying his influence in Nigeria’s energy landscape.

7. Nathan Kirsh net worth US$6.8 billion. Nathan “Natie” Kirsh’s wealth is primarily derived from his ownership stake in US-based Jetro Holdings, a company that encompasses popular restaurant supply stores like Jetro Cash and Carry and Restaurant Depot. Holding a commanding 70% share in the business, Kirsh oversees its operations, which revolve around supplying wholesale goods to various establishments, including bodegas, small stores, and restaurants across the United States. Kirsh’s entrepreneurial journey traces back to his roots in Swaziland, where he laid the foundation for his fortune by establishing a corn milling business in 1958. Building on this initial success, he ventured into wholesale food distribution in apartheid-era South Africa.

8. Naguib Sawiris net worth US$3.8 billion. Naguib Sawiris is from Egypt’s most affluent family. Notably, he engineered a lucrative deal by selling Orascom Telecom to Russian telecom giant VimpelCom (now Veon) in a multibillion-dollar transaction back in 2011. Currently serving as the chairman of Orascom TMT Investments, Sawiris oversees the conglomerate’s diverse portfolio, which includes stakes in various ventures such as an asset manager in Egypt and the renowned Italian internet company, Italiaonline. Beyond his telecom businesses, Sawiris has diversified his interests into the hospitality sector. Notably, he spearheaded the development of Silversands, a luxurious resort located on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

9. Mohammed Mansour net worth US$3.2 billion. Mohamed Mansour leads Mansour Group, which traces its roots back to its establishment by his father, Loutfy, in 1952. Mansour’s influence expanded significantly when he introduced General Motors dealerships to Egypt in 1975, subsequently becoming one of GM’s major distributors globally. Additionally, Mansour Group holds exclusive distribution rights for Caterpillar equipment in Egypt and seven other African nations. Beyond his business endeavors, Mansour has played a role in Egyptian politics, serving as the country’s minister of transportation from 2006 to 2009 during the tenure of President Hosni Mubarak.

10. Koos Bekker net worth US$2.7 billion. Koos Bekker is a South African billionaire who led Naspers, a publisher in 2001, acquiring a significant stake in the Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings for a reported US$34 million—an investment widely regarded as one of the most lucrative venture decisions in history. By 2019, Naspers restructured its portfolio, allocating assets to two publicly traded entities: entertainment firm MultiChoice Group and Prosus, which houses the valuable Tencent stake. Bekker retired as CEO of Naspers in March 2014, but returned to the company as chairman in April 2015.

11. Patrice Motsepe — Net worth of $2.6 billion.

12. Strive Masiyiwa — also with a net worth of $1.8 billion. Tied to Masiyiwa is Mohammed Dewji –—with a net worth of $1.8 billion.

13. Femi Otedola — boasting a net worth of $1.7 billion.

14. Othman Benjelloun & family — with a combined net worth of $1.4 billion.

15. Youssef Mansour — with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

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