Patrice - worth 1000 Bugattis
Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns might be languishing in 13th spot on the log but owner Patrice Motsepe topped the Sunday Times 2012 Rich List, published yesterday.
And though his finances are not overseen by coach Johan Neeskens, Motsepe's fortunes in the past year have taken a turn for the worse too, just like they have on the pitch under the Dutchman's watch.
At just over R20-billion in net worth, the tycoon, who has a 41.05% stake in African Rainbow Minerals and 5.92% in Sanlam, was still just under R5-billion richer than the next man on the list - Christo Wiese.
Arcelor Mittal's Lakshmi Mittal comes in at third with just under R13-billion.
At a time when mining in this country is under the microscope, most of the men in the Top 20 are from that industry.
Motsepe is streets ahead of the highest-ranked woman - Sharon Wapnick, of Octodec Investments and Premium Properties, who is worth what looks like a meagre R352-million in comparison.
Earlier this year, however, Forbes said Motsepe was the country's fourth-richest (with just over R22-billion), after Nicky Oppenheimer and family (R55.8-billion), Johann Rupert and family (R41.9-billion) and Christo Wiese (R25.5-billion). Motsepe was the 442nd richest man in the world, and Oppenheimer 139th.
What being worth R20-billion means for Motsepe:
- He could afford to buy the most valuable football team or the most valuable baseball team in the US - the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees respectively (each valued at R15.2-billion by Forbes).
- Malcolm Glazer owns Manchester United (valued at R18.3-billion), but Motsepe could buy him out and clear the debt saddled on the English club by the American.
- He could pay President Jacob Zuma's annual salary (now at R2622561) for 7692 years.
- He's worth more than diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer and the Royal Bafokeng Consortium put together.
He could buy 1000 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports cars.