The list of the wealthiest men in the world, and in Africa in particular, for the year 2020 was revealed by the business magazine “Forbes”. And for this new decade the list of wealthy Africans has swelled. Indeed, in its report, “Forbes” indicates that the number of wealthy Africans increased from sixteen in 2011 to twenty in 2020.
In detail, these are eight African countries out of 54, which include the 20 richest men on the continent, namely Egypt (5) and South Africa (5), which is positioned at the head of list, followed by Nigeria (4), then Morocco with only two billionaires while Algeria, Angola and Zimbabwe have one billionaire each.
Regarding Morocco, the two billionaires cited in the annual report of “Forbes” are none other than the minister and businessman, Aziz Akhannouche classified in 15th position with a fortune estimated at 1.7 billion dollars, as well as giant of the banking sector, Othmane Benjelloun in 17th position with assets estimated at 1.4 billion dollars.
On the African scale, the wealthy Nigerian Aliko Dangote was ranked by “Forbes” in first place in the ranking of the richest men in Africa, for the 9th time in a row with a fortune estimated at 10.1 billion dollars followed by the Egyptian Nassef Sawiris with a fortune of 8 billion dollars, the Nigerien Mike Adenuga in 3rd position with 7.7 billion dollars, in 4th position the South African diamond dealer, Nicky Oppenheimer with a fortune of 7.7 billion dollars or even in 5th position the South African Johann Rupert with assets of 6.5 billion dollars.
In the continuation of this classification which often creates controversy as soon as it leaves, the Algerian billionaire Issad Rebrab, boss of the Cevital group (a conglomerate of the food industry) is installed in 6th place of the “Forbes” classification with a fortune estimated at 4.4 billion dollars, followed in 7th position by the Egyptian businessman and politician Mohamed Mansour, 3.3 billion dollars.
Nigerian Abdul Samad Rabiu, CEO of BUA group specializing in sugar refining, is ranked 8th out of 20 richest men in Africa with assets of $ 3.1 billion, followed by Egyptian Naguib Sawiris in 9th place with a capital of 3 billion while in 10th place is the South African businessman, Patrice Motsepe, with a fortune estimated at 2.6 billion dollars.
Women also have their place in the “Forbes” ranking. Angolan Isabel Dos Santos has been described as the richest woman in Africa, positioning herself in 13th place with a fortune estimated at 2.2 billion dollars that she would have acquired, according to “Forbes”, during the presidency of his father at the head of his country.
A free trader, as her spokesperson pointed out in a statement to “Forbes”, Isabel Dos Santos claimed to be a shareholder in Portuguese companies, particularly in the telecom and cable television sectors.
Another woman shines in the ranking of the 20 richest businessmen and women in Africa. It is Nigerian Folorunsho Alakija, who is in 20th place in the “Forbes” ranking with an estimated capital of $ 1 billion. She would have made a fortune in oil, said the American magazine.