A Nigerian-based financial magazine, Ventures financial magazine has made an updated list of the billionaires in Africa, bringing the count to a current 55.
They include three women – the mother of Kenya’s president, a daughter of Angola’s president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and fashion designer.
The richest man is Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, with a fortune of $20.2bn (£12.5bn) at number 1. With Mike Adenuga with a fortune of $8 billion in the Oil and telecoms industry at number 3.
The list is likely to reignite debate about inequality between rich and poor people in Africa, correspondents say.
In April, the World Bank said the number of people living in extreme poverty in Africa had risen in the past three decades from 205 million to 414 million.
The 55 billionaires it has identified are more numerous than the 16 listed by US financial magazine Forbes last year. It was able to identify dozens more billionaires by using “on-the-ground knowledge” to overcome hurdles that may have “hampered” other researchers, Ventures said.
The magazine estimated the 55 billionaires’ combined fortunes at $143.88bn, an average of a $2.6bn per person. Of the 55, 20 are Nigerian, nine are South African and eight are Egyptian, Ventures said.
The richest woman is Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija, who is number 4 on the list made her $7.3bn fortune mainly in the country’s oil industry, it added.
Coming in at number 8 is Gilbert Chagoury & Family, a Nigerian-Lebanese industrialist and diplomat with $4.2 billion in the construction industry with Eko Hotel and Suites as well as Ocean Parade in Banana Island being part of his portfolio.
Isabel Dos Santos, an Angolan investor and the eldest daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, together with Ngina Kenyatta, the mother of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, also made the cut, it added.
Ventures listed Harvard-trained businessman Allan Gray as South Africa’s richest man, with a fortune of $8.5bn. “This media-shy South African moneyman controls two investment companies that collectively manage over $50bn in assets,” Ventures said.
Nathan Kirsh, a property tycoon in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland, also made it on the list. He is worth $3.6bn, and has business interests in London and New York, Ventures said.
Ventures editor-in-chief Oozo Eewala told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme that its estimate of 50 billionaires was probably conservative. “There is this culture of you don’t necessarily want to show your wealth, considering the gap between rich and poor,” he said. “If you have a lot of money, there are a lot of people that you have to support so we think people may be a little reluctant to be all splashy about what they have and what their assets are.”
For more details on the rich list, visit www.ventures-africa.com
Source and Culled from BBC