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Thu Oct 23 07:14:51 SAST 2014

SA moguls dominate richest list

Andile Ndlovu | 23 November, 2012 00:07
De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer, whose family has sold its 40% stake in De Beers to Anglo American for $5.1-billion, says his son, Jonathan, will take over managing the family's fortune Picture: STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

The combined net worth of Africa's 40 richest people is up R71.8-billion on last year.

According to Forbes magazine's new list of the continent's richest, South Africa boasts the highest number of billionaires.

South Africa has 12 billionaires on the list of 40, followed by Nigeria (11), Egypt (8) and Morocco (5).

Nigerian Aliko Dangote, 54, sits at the top of the list for a second consecutive year, with a cool R108-billion net worth.

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, who has a 41.05% stake in African Rainbow Minerals and 5.92% in Sanlam, is eighth on the list.

Forbes' top 10 of Africa's top 40 are:

1. Aliko Dangote (Nigeria) - R108-billion;

2. Nicky Oppenheimer and family (South Africa) - R57.5-billion;

3. Johann Rupert and family (South Africa) - R51.2-billion;

4. Nassef Sawiris (Egypt) - R49.4-billion;

5. Mike Adenuga (Nigeria) - R41.3-billion;

6. Christo Wiese (South Africa) - R33.2-billion;

7. Othman Benjelloun (Morocco) - R24.7-billion;

8. Patrice Motsepe (South Africa) - R23.8-billion;

9. Naguib Sawiris (Egypt) - R22.4-billion; and

10. Mohamed Mansour (Egypt) - R19.8-billion.

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