Patrice Motsepe, one of the richest men in South Africa, with a net worth of $3 billion.
  • The 15 richest people in Africa have a combined net worth of over $76 billion. 
  • Topping the list is Aliko Dangote, owner of West Africa's largest conglomerate, with a $17.8 billion net worth. 
  • The net worths compiled in this list come from Forbes and the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 
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The 15 richest people in Africa have made their fortunes by investing in industries like diamonds, oil, and retail. In total, they have a combined net worth of $76.5 billion, with Aliko Dangote, owner of the largest conglomerate in West Africa, topping the list with a net worth of $17.8 billion. 

Some other notable names on the list include Patrice Motsepe, one of the richest people in South Africa with a net worth of $3 billion. He became the first Black African to appear on the Forbes list in 2008 after he has deemed a billionaire. 

There is also Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former president of Angola, who made her fortune - and generated criticism - by investing in various Angolan companies throughout her father's presidency.

15. Yasseen Mansour

Net worth: $1.1 billion 

Age: 60

Location: Egypt

Industry: Industrial

Source of wealth: Like his brothers Youssef and Mohamed, Yasseen owns a stake in his family's company Mansour Group, which is the largest disruptor of General Motors vehicles in Egypt. He is also the chairman of one of the largest real estate developers in Egypt, Palm Hills Developments. 

14. Youssef Mansour

Net worth: $1.5 billion 

Age: 75

Location: Egypt

Industry: Industrial 

Source of wealth: Like his brothers Mohamed and Yasseen, Youssef owns a stake in his family's conglomerate, Mansour Group, which is the largest distributor of General Motors vehicles in Egypt. According to Forbes, Youssef works at the company and is head of its consumer division. 

13. Isabel dos Santos

Net worth: $1.7 billion 

Age: 47

Location: Angola

Industry: Investment

Source of wealth: Dos Santos is the daughter of the former president of Angola. As Forbes notes, during her father's presidency, she acquired stakes in various Angolan companies, such as a telecommunications company.

As reported by the BBC, dos Santos has been accused of corruption by Angolan authorities and is currently facing a criminal investigation. She has fled to Europe in the meantime and has denied any corruption

12. Aziz Akhannouch & Family

Net worth: $2 billion 

Age: 60

Location: Morocco 

Industry: Oil & Gas

Source of wealth: Akhannouch is the CEO of his family's company Akwa Group, which holds an interest in various gas and oil companies, as reported by Forbes. He is currently the minister of agriculture and fisheries in Morocco. 

11. Mohamed Mansour

Net worth: $2.5 billion

Age: 72

Location: Egypt 

Industry: Industrial 

Source of wealth: Mohamed Mansour is head of his family's company, Mansour Group, which is one of the largest companies in Egypt. The company is known for being one of the world's largest General Motors dealers and one of the top distributors of Caterpillar products. It is also the operator of Egypt's largest supermarket chain, Metro Markets.

10. Koos Bekker

Net worth: $2.9 billion

Age: 68

Location: South Africa

Industry: Media 

Source of wealth: Bekker is the chairman of Naspers, a media group that operates in over 100 countries. Naspers is one of the world's largest technology investors, as reported by Forbes. The company also holds an investment in Tencent, a Chinese internet and media company. 

9. Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe, one of the richest men in South Africa, with a net worth of $3 billion.

Net worth: $3 billion 

Age: 58

Location: South Africa

Industry: Mining

Source of wealth: Motsepe became the first Black African to appear on Forbes' billionaire list after reaching that status in 2008. He is the founder of African Rainbow Minerals, which holds investments in minerals such as platinum, copper, and coal. He is also the founder of the private equity firm African Rainbow Capital. 

8. Issad Rebrab

Net worth: $4.8 billion 

Age: 77

Location: Algeria

Industry: Industrial 

Source of wealth: Rebrab is the founder of Cevital, which is the largest privately held conglomerate in Algeria. Cevital owns numerous brands, in addition to one of the world's largest sugar refineries. The company also owns a home appliance company, a steel mill company, and a water purification enterprise. 

7. Abdulsamad Rabiu

Net worth: $5.4 billion 

Age: 60

Location: Nigeria 

Industry: Manufacturing

Source of wealth: Son of Isyaku Rabiu, one of Africa's most prominent industrialists, Rabiu is the founder of the Nigerian conglomerate BUA Group, best known for producing cement and sugar, and controlling real estate.

6. Naguib Sawiris

Net worth: $5.47 billion 

Age: 66

Location: Egypt 

Industry: Media & Telecommunications

Source of wealth: As noted by Bloomberg, Sawiris has stakes in various gold mines throughout the world. He made more than $4 billion when he sold his stake in the telecom company Vimpelcom in 2011. He is the brother of fellow billionaire, Nassef Sawiris.

5. Mike Adenuga

Net worth: $6.3 billion 

Age: 67

Location: Nigeria

Industry: Oil and Telecommunications

Source of wealth: Adenuga is the chairman of Globacom, which is the second-largest telecommunications operator in Africa. He also owns a stake in the oil company Conoil.  

4. Nassef Sawiris

Net worth: $6.5 billion 

Age: 59

Location: Egypt 

Industry: Industrial 

Source of wealth: Son of billionaire Onsi Sawiris, Nassef is known for being the richest man in Egypt, and for owning a 30% stake in the fertilising producer OCI. According to Bloomberg, he also owns a 6% stake in Adidas.  

3. Nicky Oppenheimer

Net worth: $7.45 billion 

Age: 75

Location: South Africa

Industry: Diamonds

Source of wealth: Oppenheimer was the heir to De Beers, the world's largest producer of diamonds. In 2012, he sold his family's 40% stake in the company for $5.2 billion in cash. 

2. Johann Rupert

Net worth: $8.12 billion 

Age: 70

Location: South Africa 

Industry: Luxury 

Source of wealth: Rupert is the heir and chairman of Richemont, the largest luxury watchmaker in the world. The company is best known for owning the Cartier brand. 

1. Aliko Dangote

Net Worth: $17.8 billion

Age: 63

Location: Nigeria

Industry: Manufacturing and Industrial 

Source of Wealth: Dangote is the founder of the Dangote Group, which is West Africa's largest conglomerate. The company also owns the largest cement producer in sub-Saharan Africa. Aside from cement, the company also produces products such as sugar, salt, flour, steel, oil, and gas. 

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