In the 1826 ranking of billionaires Forbes 2015 , 29 are African. Often the head of diversified conglomerates, these 29 African billionaires bet on an industry that has proven carrier. Here are the 10 sectors that formed the 29 billionaires in Africa.
1. The Food Sector
- Aliko Dangote built the first African multinational. This Nigerian-born businessman is the richest man in Africa with $ 15.7 billion.
- Christoffel Wiese, president of the Great Chain of South African supermarket “Shoprite” holds $ 6.3 billion.
- Mohamed Mansour Mansour is co-owner of the group that is responsible for the largest supermarket chain in Egypt. It has 4 billion.
- Nathan Kirsh, holds $ 3.9 billion through its business Jetro Holdings, which operates in South Africa in the food sector, with the distribution of food to fastfood and US mini-restaurants.
- Issad rebrab is the only Algerian in the world ranking. He owes his fortune to $ 3.1 billion in Cevital group whose pole is the largest agribusiness.
- Youssef Mansour owns many supermarkets in Egypt. It currently has $ 2.9 billion.
- Abdulsamad Rabiu works within the Nigerian group BUA Group that operates in the cereals, pasta and sugar. Today Nigeria has $ 1 billion.
2. The Mineral Resources Sector
- Nicky Oppenheimer is chairman of diamond company “De Beers” and the mining company “Anglo American” created by his grandfather Ernest Oppenheimer. It is based in South Africa and holds $ 6.7 billion.
- Patrice Motsepe is another South African, he is the founder of African mining group Rainball Mainerals (ARM). His fortune amounts to $ 2.1 billion.
- Folorunsho Alakija is the second African woman billionaire with $ 1.9 billion. On Nigerian origin, it owes its fortune to his oil company Famfa Oil. The fortune of Folorunsho Alakija is estimated at $ 7.3 billion.
- Aziz Akhannouch is a Moroccan businessman. He owes his fortune to the Akwa group which operates in the oil, gas, and chemical industries. He is the current Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, and holds $ 1.7 billion.
- Femi Otedola is the CEO of the Nigerian oil company Forte Oil. Today he controls the oil company Otedola and has a fortune estimated at $ 1 billion.
3. The Telecommunication Industry
- Mike Adenuga is the founder of the second largest company telephony network in Nigeria, Globacom. It holds 4 billion.
- Isabel dos Santos is considered the first African woman billionaire with $ 3.1 billion. The Angolan owes his fortune to his many actions in telecoms with Unitel, the first operator of Angola and to finance with Banco Internacional de Crédito.
- Naguib Sawiris is the eldest son of the Egyptian Onsi Sawiris. A true businessman, he is the founder of the mobile phone company Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH). His fortune is $ 3.1 billion.
- Rostam Aziz has 35% of the phone company Vodacom and many actions in real estate and mining. It holds 1 Tanzanian billion.
4. The Financial Sector
- Johann Rupert is the director of the South African financial company “Richemont” and has $ 7.4 billion.
- The Egyptian Mohamed Al Fayed has a fortune of $ 2 billion it needs in part to the sale of the Harrod’s store with a Qatari company which he earned $ 2.4 billion. Today he owns the Ritz in Paris and the English football club Fulham.
- Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu has a fortune of $ 1 billion. He is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
5. The Building Sector
- Nassef Sawiris is the leader of one of the largest construction companies in Egypt, Orascom Construction Company (OIC). It has $ 6.3 billion.
- Onsi Sawiris is the founder of the OIC. His fortune is $ 1.8 billion. Now it is his son who runs his Nassef society.
- Samih Sawiris is the second son of Onsi Sawiris. He is active in construction and telecoms.He holds $ 1.1 billion.
6. The Pharmaceutical Sector
- Stephen Saad is the founder of the South African pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare. He owes his fortune to $ 2.1 billion from the sale of his shares of the company drugs VANOC Zurich which he got $ 3 million.
- Allan Gray is the co-founder of the pharmaceutical group Aspen. His fortune amounts to $ 1.6 billion.
7. The Real Estate Sector
- Miloud Chaabi Moroccan owes his fortune to $ 2.1 billion for property development as well as its investments in hotels, supermarkets and renewable energy. He pledged to build a university in Casablanca.
- Sudhir Ruparelia is the founder of Uganda’s leading group Ruparelia, which operates in real estate. This businessman holds $ 1.1 billion.
8. The Insurance Sector
Othman Benjelloun made his father’s insurance company, RMA Wataniya, one of the largest Moroccan insurance companies. But it is also recognized as one of the biggest shopping of BMCE Bank. His fortune amounts to $ 2.4 billion.
9. The Media World
The South African Koos Bekker is the chairman of Naspers media group that is at the origin of his fortune of $ 2.3 billion.
10. The Textile Sector
Mohammed Dewji took over and transformed the company from raw materials of his father, the MET Limited. He bought many companies some of which include business interests in textiles.His fortune amounts to $ 1.3 billion and made him the youngest billionaire in Africa.
With the rise of new technologies in Africa, there is a good chance that a new class of billionaires will soon emerge.
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