Every entrepreneur wants to be among the top richest people in the world, or in their localities - but have you ever investigated the efforts, the types of businesses, the dedication the top rich African have put in their businesses? Here is a list of the top 10 richest Africans in the World 2013 and their business investments
The First 5 of the Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Aliko Dangote was born on the 10th of April 1957; he will be turning 56 years old on April this year. He was born at Kano, Nigeria. He is a business magnate with an approximated net worth of $11.2 billion as of March last year. Aliko Dangote is the sole owner of the Dangote Group. He was ranked as the 76th wealthiest person in the world as well as the 2nd wealthiest man in Africa not to forget the richest person in Nigeria.
The Dangote Group was founded in the year 1977 and it started off as a small firm and later grew into a Multi-trillion Naira conglomerate with various operations located in Togo, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria. The firms business included freight, food processing and cement manufacturing. This firm is the main sugar supplier to Nigeria’s confectioners, soft drinks companies and breweries.
Dangote is no longer a trading industry but has become an Industrial group which entails industries such as Dangote Cement, Dangote Flour and Dangote Sugar Refinery and many others. The Dangote Sugar Refinery is the largest in Africa and it produces 800,000 tones of sugar in a year hence being ranked as the 3rd largest in the world. It also exports commodities such as cocoa, ginger, cashew nuts and sesame seed to a number of countries. The firm also owns flour mills as well as salt factories as well as a main importer of fertilizer, pasta, rice, cement and fish.
Dangote Group is the largest industrial corporation in West Africa and has major investment in textiles, banking, oil, real estate and transport. Dangote is now investing in telecommunications and has apparently begun building 14,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables to service the entire country. Aliko funded Obasanjo’s re-election campaign in the year 2003 whereby he contributed over N200 million (US$2M). He is a philanthropist as he also contributed n200 million to the presidential Library as well as N50M to the National Mosque. His current net worth is $ 13.8 billion Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Nicholas "Nicky" F. Oppenheimer was born on the 8th of June in the year 1945 in South Africa. Nicky is a business person and he is the chairman of the mining company by the name De Beers diamond as well as its subsidiary the Diamond Trading Company. He also has financial interests in the Anglo American mining company.
Nicky together with his two friends formed the Greene and Partners Investments which was a capital firm that has financed a number of projects within South Africa and around Africa in the year 1999.The Oppenheimer family sold their 40% stake in De Beers to Anglo American mining company in the year 2011 in the month of November.
Nicky and his family run the Tswalu Game Reserve in the Kalahari Desert that was established by his friend Stephen Boler. His estimated net worth is £2.8 billion in 2008. Nicky married the daughter of Helli Lasch an Industrial tycoon; her name was Orcillia “Strilli” Lasch. The couple was a member of St George’s Anglican Church, Park Town, Johannesburg. His current net worth is $ 7.0 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Nassef Onsi Sawiris was born in the year 1961 in Egypt. Sawiris is currently 52 years old. Nassef is an Egyptian by nationality. He is a business man and the youngest at their home. Since last year his net worth was estimated to be $5.5 billion. He was hence ranked the 199th wealthiest person in the world.
Nassef is the CEO of Orascom Construction Industries since the year 1998 and was also a member of the board of NASDAQ Dubai from the years 2008(July) to 2010 (June) he stills retains his position to date. Nassef Sawiris is a director at Lafarge, as well as a member of the boards of NNS Holding (Luxembourg) and Besix (Belgium). Additionally, Sawiris served on the Board of Directors of the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges from the years 2004 to 2007. His current net worth is $ 5.6 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Johann Peter Rupert was born on the 1st of June 1950. He is thus turning 63 this year. Rupert is the chairman of Remgro (the South Africa-based company) and also chairman of Richemont (the Swiss-based luxury-goods company. On the 1st of April 2010, Rupert assumed position as the CEO of Compagnie Financiere Richemont.
Rupert has grown up in South Africa and studied there as well. Rupert founded Rand Merchant Bank in the year 1979 back at South Africa and became the CEO. On the same year, he founded Small Business Development Corporation which provided over 600,000 jobs since it started.
In the year 1984, Rupert merged Rand Consolidated Investments and RMB and later left to join Renbrandt Group (a company belonging to his father). Rupert Johann founded CFR (Compagnie Financiere Richemont) in the year 1988 and was then appointed Non-Executive Director of Rothmans International plc in the same year. In the following year 1989, Johann was appointed the vice chairman of the Rembrandt Group.
In the following year 1990, he was elected as business leader of the year and he formed the Vendôme Luxury Group SA. In the year 1991 he was elected Chairman of Rembrandt Group Limited and in the following year, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland elected Johann as one of the top 200 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow".
In the year 1997, Johann was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Gold Fields South Africa Ltd. In the year 2000, Johann restructured Rembrandt Group Limited and he formed VenFin Limited and Remgro limited. He was then appointed CEO and Chairman of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA. He was also elected Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in the year 2009 and Honorary Vice President of the European Golf Tour in the year 2010. His net worth is currently $4.8 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Naguib Sawiris was born on the 15th of June 1954 and is the eldest son of Egyptian billionaire Onsi Sawiris. Naguib is a politician and an Egyptian Businessman. He sold just about all his shares in VimpelCom (Russian telecom giant). Naguib Sawiris also sold his stake in Telekom Austria to Carlos Slim's America Movil in June.
In the month of July same year, his Weather Investments entity bought La Mancha (Canadian mining company) from Areva (French nuclear giant) for $317 million. Naguib was the executive chairman of the telecommunications companies Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) and Wind Telecom before getting into politics in May 2011. Orascom Telecom Holding Company (chaired by Naguib) launched the first mobile operator in Egypt, Mobinil in the year 1998.
Orascom Telecom Holding Company launched the first mobile operator in North Korea in the year 2008 by the name Koryolink; it also launched Wind Mobile in the year 2009. Naguib founded the Free Egyptians Party in the aftermath of Egypt's revolution. Naguib is a member of the (IAS) International Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors since the November in the year 2005.
He was also the president of the German Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce for one year. He was also a board member of the IAS to the National Bank of Kuwait. Naguib was chairman of the Board of Endeavor and board member of the Supreme Council of Sciences and Technology. Additionally, Naguib was the co-chair of the Egyptian Italian Business Council and a board member on both the board of directors of the Arab Thought Foundation and the board of Trustees.
Sawiris is the son of Onsi Sawiris who established the Orascom Group. Naguib is the eldest of his brothers Nassef Sawiris and Samih Sawiris. Naguib Sawiris was ranked as the 374th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $2.5 billion in the year 2010. His current net worth is $ 3.5 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
The last 5 of the Top 10 Richest Africans 2013
Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe was born on the 28th of January 1962 in Soweto. Patrice is a South African mining tycoon. He founded the African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in platinum, ferrous metals, gold, and base metals. He is the executive char of African Rainbow Minerals.
Patrice is also a board member in several companies as well as the non-executive chairman of Harmony Gold (the 12th largest gold mining company in the world), Patrice is as well the deputy chairman of Sanlam. Patrice became the owner of Mamelodi Sundowns (football club) in the year 2003. He announced that he would give a half of his riches to charitable causes in the year 2013. Patrice married Dr. Precious Makgosi Moloi and together they had 3 sons.
Patrice bought marginal gold mines from Anglo Gold at a favorable price and later setup a company to begin buying the operating mines in the year 1997. He later teamed up with two of his associates to form the Greene and Partners Investments in the year 1999. He was ranked the 503rd wealthiest person in the world in the year 2008.
He was a partner of Bowman Gilfillan and later since the year 2004 became a Non-Executive Director of Absa Group and Sanlam. The name of Patrice’s Company changed from African Rainbow minerals to ARM gold after joining with Harmony Gold Mining Ltd. Patrice is deputy Chairman of Sanlam Ltd, Chairman of Ubuntu-Botho Investments, and Non-Executive chairman of Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd.
Currently, Patrice is South Africa’s president of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His current net worth is $ 3.3 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Onsi Sawiris is currently 84 years old. He resides in Cairo Egypt. His source of wealth is from telecom, self-made as well as from Construction. Onsi Sawiris is an Egyptian businessman and is ranked the 3rd richest person in Egypt. He is ranked the 11 position in the list of top 40 richest Africans as well as number 401 in the list of the richest people in the world. In the year 2011 his wealth was estimated to be $2.9 billion.
Onsi Sawiris established the Orascom conglomerate, whose diverse telecommunications and tourism, construction, industry and science and technology companies are directed by his sons, Naguib Sawiris, Samih Sawiris, and Nassef Sawiris. Orascom Company is concerned with telecommunications, tourism development and construction amongst other fields. Onsi Sawiris is married and he has three sons. Onsi Sawiris is the patriarch of the wealthiest family in Egypt. His net worth as of November 2012 was $2.17 Billion. And he is currently $ 2.9 billion worth. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Mike is currently 60 years old and is a self-made billionaire. His major sources of wealth are telcom and oil. He resides in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a married man and has a total of seven children. Mike was ranked number five in Africa’s top 40 richest people, number 248 in the list of the world’s richest people and the 2nd richest person in Nigeria.
Mike Adenuga has embarked in Mobile telecom and oil production. In the year 2006, he launched the Globacom Mobile phone network. The firm acquired licenses to begin business in Ivory Coast and Ghana and also has its operations in the Republic of Benin. Paddy, Mike’s son and Bella, Mike’s daughter serve as Globacom Nigeria’s executive directors. His current net worth is $ 2.0 billion.
Yasseen is currently 68 years old. He resides in Cairo, Egypt. He has a bachelor of science in engineering degree at the North Carolina state university and a Masters in business administration at auburn university.
Yasseen is a self made billionaire. He built metro, the largest supermarket chain in Egypt.
Mansour Group is the brother’s holding company and has generated strong sales from its Caterpillar dealerships in Africa, Iraq and Russia. Yasseen dedicates his time to the family foundation. He is married and has five children. He was ranked number 1 in Africa’s 40 richest people, number 854 in Forbes Billionaires list and the 6th richest person in Egypt. His current net worth is $1.8 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013
Christoffel H. Wiese was born on the 10th of September 1941. He is a business man form south Africa. Consumer retail is his main source of wealth. Wiese is married to his wife with whom he has three children. Christoffel Wiese is the Executive Director of JSE: SHP (A South African retail giant Shoprite). From the year 2006, Wiese was the chairman of Invicta Holdings Limited as well as the 69th most successful person in South African history.
Initially Shoprite started out as a chain of 8 supermarkets and has currently become a multi-billion dollar operation. Wiese bought OK Bazaars from South Africa Breweries in the year 1997 and embarked on adding 16 furniture stores and 157 supermarkets to the company hence creating more jobs at the surrounding area.
Shoprite stores were considered to be the most favorite brand with the most valued brand of commodities in the year 2011. Additionally, Wiese owns over 1200 corporate outlets under a number of names. From March 2011 to march 2012, Shoprite shares have shot up by 50% on the Country’s stock market resulting to a profit of $1.5 billion for Mr. Wiese. In the year 1981, he became the chairman of Pepkor with a 44% stake of the company.
Mr. Wiese owns a variety of properties among them being the Lourensford Estate (a prestigious wine producer) as well as the private game reserve in the Kalahari Desert. He established the Lanzerac Manor and Winery that contained 48 luxury rooms for rental purposes. Christoffel was ranked the 3rd richest person on South Africa as well as the 367th richest person in the world. His current net worth is $ 1.6 billion. Top 10 Richest Africans in World 2013