by Seyi Lawal
Seriously, we thought those heavy hitters would finally make the list this year? But Forbes has released its inaugural list of the 40 Richest People in Africa – and the chief executives of Forte Oil and Heir Holdings respectively are still not there; even though there are a few new entrants.
The richest is still Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, with a $10.1 billion fortune based on his stake in publicly-traded Dangote Cement –which has operations across Africa. Telecoms mogul, Mike Adenuga is the fourth richest with $4.3 billion.
The combined wealth of the 40 richest is $64.9 billion – more than Thailand’s 40 richest (at $45 billion) but less than Taiwan’s (at $92.7 billion).
Africa’s Top Ten
1. Aliko Dangote – $10.1Billion
2. Nicky Oppenheimer & Family -$6.5Billion
3. Nassef sawiris-$4.75Billion
4. Johann Rupert & Family-$4.7Billion
5. Mike Adenuga -$4.3Billion
6. Milioud chaabi -$3 Billion
7. Naguib sawiris-$2.9Billion
8. Christoffel Wiese-$2.7Billion
9. Onsi Sawiris-$2.6Billion
10. Patrice Motsepe-$2.5Billion.
Jim Ovia is the 17th richest with $775, Million.
Oba Otudeko is 24th with $550M.
Hakeem Bello Osagie is 28th with $450M.
Congrats to them! Share your thoughts – who shouldn’t be here, why are some heavy hitters not here, and then there’s the elephant in the room… where did they get all that money from?!