African Billionaires 2010
Eight of the 937 billionaires listed on 2010 Forbes’ Billionaire ranking are Africans; four Egyptians, three South Africans, and one Nigerian.
Who are they?
Nassef Sawiris (48), 127th wealthiest man in the world; took over leadership of Orascom’s construction and fertiliser division in 1998. Youngest son of the Sawiris (#3). Net worth: $5.9 billion. Country: Egypt.
Nicky Oppenheimer & family (64), the 154th richest person in the world, heads of De Beers Diamond mines, the world’s largest diamond producer. Net worth: $5.0 billion. Country: South Africa.
Onsi Sawiris (80), the 307th richest man in the world and self-made billionaire is the founder of Egypt’s business empire, Orascom Construction Industries. Net worth: $3.1 billion. Country: Egypt.
Naguib Sawiris (55), the 374th richest man in the world, heads up Orascom Telecom, one of largest mobile providers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Eldest son of Onsi Sawiris (#3) and brother of Samih Sawiris (#8). Net worth: $2.5 billion. Country: Egypt.
Patrice Motsepe (48), the 421st richest in the world and self-made billionaire is South Africa’s first black billionaire is a Johannesburg-based mining magnate, in Soweto. He started investing in low-producing gold mine shafts in 1994. Net worth: $2.3 billion. Country: South Africa.
Johann Rupert (59) & family, the 421st richest person in the world. Head of his family business, Swiss luxury group Richemont, Rupert also owns Remgro, a local investment holding company. Net worth $2.3 billion. Country: South Africa.
Aliko Dangote (52), the 463th richest man on the planet. Dangote’s career spans over various industries including trading in sugar, flour milling, salt processing, cement manufacturing, real estate and oil and gas. Net worth: $2.1 billion. Country: Nigeria.
Samih Sawiris (53), the 655th richest person in the world, and the middle son of Onsi Sawiris (#3), and the chairperson of Orascom Hotel Holdings. Net worth: $1.5 billion. Country: Egypt.