This year’s forbes Africa’s Billionaires list is dominated by South Africans, who have a combined net worth of $21.30 billion.
Only two Nigerians -Dangote and Adenuga- made it into the top 10, Nigerian businessmen Femi Otedola and Abdulsamad Rabiu didn’t even make it into the top 25 this year.
Angolan Isabel dos Santos and oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria still remain the only two female billionaires on the continent.
Meet the Top 10 wealthiest people in Africa – Forbes 2017…
1. Aliko Dangote, Nigerian
Net Worth: $12.2 billion
Source Of Wealth: Cement, flour, sugar, salt
The Nigerian business man founded Dangote Group in 1981 and thereafter transformed it into a conglomerate comprised of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Flour and Dangote Cement.
#fact’ Dangote also happens to be the rich black person alive.
2. Nicky Oppenheimer, South African
Net Worth: $7 billion
Source Of Wealth: Diamonds
Nicky is formerly the Chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and of its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company, and former Deputy Chairman of the Anglo American Corporation.
3. Mike Adenuga, Nigerian
Net Worth: $6.1 billion
Source Of Wealth: Telecom, Oil, Real Estate
Adenuga built his fortune in oil and mobile telecoms. His Conoil Producing was the first indigenous Nigerian oil exploration company to strike oil in commercial quantities in Nigeria. His mobile telecoms company, Globacom, is the second largest operator in Nigeria.
4. Johann Rupert, South African
Net Worth: $6.3 billion
Source Of Wealth: Luxury Goods
Rupert is the the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont as well as of the South Africa-based company Remgro.
5. Nassef Sawiris, Egyptian
Net Worth: $6.2billion
Source Of Wealth: Construction, Chemicals
Egypt’s richest man Nassef Sawiris, runs OCI, one of the largest nitrogen fertilizer producers in the world.
He is also the largest individual shareholder of Adidas; he holds 6% of Adidas shares, which is approximated to worth about $1 billion.
6 . Christoffel Wiese, South African
Net Worth: $5.9 billion
Source Of Wealth: Retail
A lawyer by profession, Christoffer left the Cape bar to join a family business as a Director of Pepkor, His Pepkor group currently operates more than 4000 retails with major operations in South Africa, Australia and Poland.
His company pepkor also recently acquired Shoprite Holdings (the largest food retailer in Africa).
7. Nathan Kirsch, South African
Net Worth: $3.9 billion
Source Of Wealth: Retail
Nathan Kirsh made his first fortune in his native Swaziland, founding a corn milling business in the country in 1958. He expanded into wholesale food distribution in apartheid South Africa, and then into supermarkets and commercial property development.
8. Naguib Sawiris, Egyptian
Net Worth: $3.8 billion
Source Of Wealth: Telecom
Naguib Sawiris is the chairman of Weather Investments’s parent company and Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.
He is most recently known for his desire to buy an island from Greece or Italy Island to give Syrian refugees a home.
9. Isabel dos Santos, Angolan
Net Worth: $3.1 billion
Source Of Wealth: Investments
Issabel is the oldest daughter of Angola’s outgoing president and Africa’s richest woman. She owns a significant stake in Unitel, Angola’s largest mobile phone network, and a stake in Banco BIC. Outside Angola, she owns nearly 6% of oil and gas firm Galp Energia (alongside Portuguese billionaire Americo Amorim), and nearly 19% of Banco BPI, the country’s fourth-largest bank.
10. Issad Rebrab, Algerian
Net Worth: $3 billion
Source of Wealth: Food
Issad is the CEO of the CEVITAL industrial group, the largest private company in Algeria, active in steel, food, agribusiness and electronics.