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Matajiri Zaidi wa Afrika Top Richest People in Africa and their net worth according to Bloomberg

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Matajiri Zaidi wa Afrika Top Richest People in Africa and their net worth according to Bloomberg

As many as five Africans feature in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2021 of the world’s 500 wealthiest people.

As per the index, President Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, is the wealthiest person in Africa with a net worth of $19.2 billion, up from $19.1 billion the previous year.

The Nigerian billionaire businessman is ranked 97th in the global billionaires’ index as of 6 January 2022, 03:02 AM WAT.

Globally, Tesla CEO – Elon Musk($292 billion), Amazon Chairman – Jeff Bezos($193 billion) and French businessman Bernard Arnault($180 billion) dominated the index by securing the top three spots.

Bill Gates, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg are placed at fourth, fifth, and sixth spot with a net worth of $138 billion, $128 billion and $126 billion, respectively.

Here are the five Africans who feature in the top 500:

1) Aliko Dangote (Nigeria) – $19.2 billion

Aliko Dangote [Wei Leng/Bloomberg]

Ranked #97, Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest person and controls Dangote Industries, a closely held conglomerate.

The Lagos, Nigeria-based company owns sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest cement producer, Dangote Cement, which had revenue of 891.7 billion Naira ($2.5 billion) in 2019. It also has interests in sugar, salt, oil, fertiliser and packaged food.

2) Johann Rupert & family (South Africa) – $12.1 billion

Ranked #184 on the list, Rupert controls the world’s largest luxury watchmaker, Cie. Financiere Richemont, through a family trust.

The Bellevue, Switzerland-based company’s brands include Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier. His other holdings include Remgro, a Stellenbosch, South Africa-based investment vehicle with stakes in more than 30 companies.

3) Natie Kirsh (South Africa) – $8.35 billion

Natie Kirsh, South African-born Swazi billionaire businessman

4) Nicky Oppenheimer (South Africa) – $7.95billion

Nicky Oppenheimer

Ranked #347 on the list, Nicky Oppenheimer is South Africa’s second-richest person with a net worth of $7.75billion. In 2012, Oppenheimer sold his family’s 40% stake in De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, to mining company Anglo American for $5.2 billion in cash.

He maintains private equity investments in Africa, Asia, the U.S. and Europe through London-based Stockdale Street and Johannesburg-based Tana Africa Capital.

5) Nassef Sawiris (Egypt) – $6.62 billion

Nassef Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire businessman, the youngest of Onsi Sawiris’ three sons.