Africa’s Billionaires list 2023
Africa’s wealthiest people shed a combined $3.1 billion in the past 12 months. As a group, the continent’s 19 billionaires are worth an estimated $81.5 billion – down from $84.9 billion a year ago, despite one more billionaire in the ranks. The 4% dip follows a 15% jump last year on the back of soaring stock prices across the region. These tycoons’ fortunes faded in sync with equity values around the world, with the S&P All Africa index dropping more than 20% in the first nine months of 2022, before starting a late-year rally that left the index down just 3% through January 13, the day Forbes locked in stock prices and exchange rates for the list. Billionaires from just seven of Africa’s 54 countries made the ranks. Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote, whose fortune dropped $400 million to $13.5 billion, is the richest person for the 12th year in a row, and South African luxury goods magnate Johann Rupert held onto no. 2 for a second year, despite falling $300 million to $10.7 billion. South African Christo Wiese, who dropped out of the ranks amid an accounting scandal in 2018, returns after successfully suing retailer Steinhoff.
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