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Africas top 5 Richest and how they got to the top ...

Africas top 5 Richest and how they got to the top of their game

1. Aliko Dangote comes in at number 1 with a net worth of $12billion. The 56 year old is the richest person in Nigeria, the richest person in Africa and the richest black person in the world. Dangote was born in Kano, Nigeria in 1957. Before then, had already established one of Nigeria’s most successful peanut farms in the early 1900s. Dangote’s passion for business came was exhibited in his early years in school when he sold candy for a profit. Today, he is not just extremely wealthy. He is also a role model to many and continues to work towards the transformation of Africa’s business image on the international scene. He deals in goods such as flour, sugar and owns large cement industries like Dangote Cement, which is Africa’s largest cement manufacturer with operations in 14 African countries. He also runs successful food processing and manufacturing plants among other enterprises. 2. Nicky oppenheimerand comes in at number 2 with a net worth of $6.5 billion which makes him the richest man in South Africa and second richest in the whole of Africa. Originally born in South Africa, he attended school in the UK and graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He is the CEO of De Beers diamond mining company. In addition, he also controls Greene and Partners Investments, a venture capital firm which focuses on building businesses in South Africa and neighboring countries. He also controls a game reserve. 3. Nassef Onsi Sawiris is third richest person in Africa. An Egyptian billionaire, his net worth stands at $4.75billion. It is estimated that by close of 2014, his fortune will have risen to $7.3billion which will make him the second richest person in Africa. A graduate of economics from the University of Chicago-USA, Nassef is the CEO of Orascom, a construction company. He is a board member of NASDAQ Dubai and sits on the boards of Besix (Belgium) and NNS Holding (Luxembourg). He is also a director at Lafarge. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchanges. 4. Johann Peter Rupert is our number 4 with a net worth of $4.7billion. The eldest son of a South African business magnate, he is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont as well as the South Africa-based company Remgro. He became CEO of Richemont in 2010.. 5. Mike Adenuga Jr is at number 5. A Nigerian business tycoon, Adenuga’s company Globacom is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator and its influence continues to spread in other West African countries. His net worth is estimated at $4.3 billion. He owns stakes in oil exploration firm Conoil and the Equatorial Trust Bank. Adenuga is a man from very humble beginnings, but this has not deterred his rise in the business world. For a former taxi-driver, he doesn’t cease to amaze. “Leading the pack is the only worthwhile resolve for the achiever. It is the achiever, the winner, the leader who makes the difference that advances the course of humankind in the judgement of history, Mike Adenuga Jr

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