There are plenty of rich people within South Africa, as one of the richest and most powerful economies in Africa it wouldn’t surprise people to know that there are billionaires who make the list of 10 000 richest people on the planet. Here are the five richest people in South Africa according to Forbes.
5. Koos Bekker $1.8Billion (R23 Billion)
The Naspers chairman rakes in billions of rands from his chain of businesses. That includes DSTV ( the biggest TV media company in Africa), Multichoice, MNet as well online stores like Takealot and OLX. This man has been one of the richest people in South Africa for years as he saw his company rise in a short space of time. He ranks at 1128 globally.
4.Allan Gray $ 2 Billion (R26 Billion)
Allan Gray built the Allan Gray investment management company. Allan Gray is Africa’s largest privately owned investment management company focused on generating long-term wealth for investors. His company has resulted in his massive rise in wealth over the years. He now sits at 1010 worldwide
3.Johann Rupert $5.3bn (R68 Billion)
Rupert, who is chairman at Richemont, is 291st on the global rankings rich list, from 248th over the past several months. Although he has dropped significantly from 179th richest in the world in 2015. Johann Rupert remains the third richest South African but has lost substantial wealth in recent times, thanks largely to declining sales in Swiss-based luxury-goods company Compagnie Financière Richemont SA.
2.Nicky Oppenheimer $6.7bn (R86 Billion)
Nicky Oppenheimer, former chairman of De Beers diamond mining company, has seen his fortune remain at a similar level over the past year, however, he has tumbled down Forbes’ billionaire list, from 174th to 204th. His diamond money will see him stay a billionaire for a long time.
1. Christo Wiese $7bn (R90 Billion)
The richest South African in the world.Wiese, who founded Shoprite Holdings, and now chairs the company, along with Pepkor Holdings, has made substantial gains over the past few months, climbing 24 places up the global rich list to 190th since March. Shoprite has become one of Africa’s biggest stores and has propelled him to where he is.