Africa is one of the most naturally beautiful continents with 54 countries each presenting its unique attractions. From its tropical rainforests to the stunning dune landscapes, once you visit Africa you will be left astonished. However, another thing that Africa is proud of is its list of wealthy people of which there aren’t any less. Africa has more than 28 billionaires rated among the richest in the world.
Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa according to the Forbes’ 2015 list of Africa’s 50 Richest as well as the richest black man in the world. Let’s take a look at the top 20 richest people in Africa in 2015:
1. Aliko Dangote
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Most people regard Dangote as the face of new Nigeria and he is undoubtedly the richest man in Africa and the richest black man in the world with a net worth of $15.7 billion. His fortunes are derived from the commodities, sugar, cement and flour and he has plans to invest in oil. He started making his fortune three decades by trading commodities by a loan. So, he sits comfortably at number one on the list of the top 20 richest people in Africa in 2015.
2. Johann Rupert
Johann Rupert is the chairman of Campagnie Financiere Richemont and became billionaire trading luxury goods. The Swiss company is known for brands like Montblanc and Cartier. He also has 25 percent stake in Rienet and 7 percent stake in Remgro. He has a net worth of $7.4 billion.
3. Nickey Oppenheimer
With a net worth of $6.7 billion, the Oppenheimer family is among the richest in South Africa. They ended their 85-year reign in 2012 on the diamond giant De Beers and old 40 percent of its stake to Anglo American for $5.1 billion.
4. Christoffel Wiese
He’s a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $6.3 billion and still continues to chase the thrill of deals. Wiese has a 15 percent stake in Shoprite Holdings which is a low price supermarket chain with presence in not one but several African countries.
5. Nassef Sawiris
He is the wealthiest man in Egypt with a net worth totaling $6.3 billion. He also won a tax evasion case against the government at the age of 53.
6. Mike Adenuga
Mike has a net worth of $4 billion making him the second richest man in Nigeria to be listed among the top 20 richest people in Africa in 2015. His fortunes come from oil production and mobile telecom investments.
7. Mohamed Mansour
Mohamed looks after the Mansour Group making him one of the richest men with a net worth of $4 billion.
8. Nathan Krish
Nathan is a Swazi businessman and the founder of Jetro Holdings which is a cash and carry wholesaler of nonperishable and perishable household goods, supplies, food items and equipment among other related goods. He has a net worth of $3.9 billion.
9. Isabel Dos Santos
Isabel is the richest women in Africa and Jose Eduardo dos Santo’s daughter, the president of Angola. She is the first woman to make the list of the top 20 richest people in Africa in 2015. She has a net worth of $3.3 billion.
10. Issad Rebrab and family
The Rebrab family has a net worth of $3.1 billion and owns one of the largest sugar refineries in the world. Issadrebrab is also the founder of Algeria’s largest privately held conglomerate, Cevital.
11. Naguib Sawiris
He is the CEO of his company Orascom Telecom Media & Technology with a net worth of $3.1 billion.
12. Youssef Mansour
Youssef is the brother of billionaire brothers Mohamed and Yasseen with a net worth of $2.9 billion and has stakes in the Mansour Group.
He was the CEO of Naspers until 2014 and has a net worth of $2.3 billion.
14. Othman Benjelloun
Othman is the CEO of BMCE Bank and has interests in banking, insurance, and telecom in Morocco. He has a net worth of $2.3 billion.
15. Yasseen Mansour
Yasseen is the owner of Mansour Group that owns General Motor and caterpillar dealership in the many African countries. He has a net worth of $2.3 billion.
16. Patrice Motsepethe
He is the founder and chairman of Rainbow Minerals is a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He is the first and only black billionaire of Africa.
17. Stephen Saad
Stephen founded the largest pharmaceutical company in Africa, Aspen Pharmacare and he has a net worth of $2.1 billion.
18. King Mohammed VI
The king of Morocco has a net worth of $2.1 billion making him the 7th richest royal in the world.
19. Mohamed Al Fayed
He has a net worth of $2 billion and owns the famous Hotel Ritza and a UK based discount fashion website Cocosa
20. Folorunsho Alakija
She is the second richest woman of in Africa with a net worth of $1.9 billion also making her the third richest black woman in the world.
Now that we have seen the top 20 richest people in Africa in 2015, our minds are all cast on 2016 to see those who would possibly emerge the top 20 richest people in 2016. Who do you think should be on the list this year? What country is going to produce the highest numbers of new billionaires in 2016? Will the current oil price slump have any negative effect on the expectations from the oil producing countries? Well very soon, the list would be unveiled to the world.
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