Women in Africa have come a long way. This is the list of the top 10 richest African women:
10. Elisabeth Bradley, Net Worth $32 Million
In 1961, Albert Wessels, Eslisabeth’s father, made history by being the first person to bring the Toyota brand to South Africa. Her massive wealth comes from assets and investments. She was the chairperson of Wesco Investments and is currently the vice-chairperson of Toyota South Africa.
9. Sharon Wapnick, Net Worth $43.1 Million
Daughter of billionaire Alec Wapnick, Sharon Wapnick is the CEO of Premium Properties Limited and OCTODEC Investments, which were both passed onto her by her late father. Her net worth is estimated at R433 million.
8. Bridget Radebe, Net Worth $100 Million
Sister of billionaire Patrice Motsepe, Bridgette Radebe is currently the President of the South African Mining Development Association. She is also the founder of her own mining firm, Mmaku Mining and is a member of the New Africa Mining Fund. She is worth over R1 billion.
7. Irene Charnley, Net Worth $150 Million
Irene Chamley formerly worked for the MTN Group as an executive director, which is Africa’s largest telecommunication company. She is the founder and CEO of Smile Communications in Mauritius and her net worth is estimated at R1.5 billion.
6. Wendy Ackerman, Net Worth $190.2 Million
Wendy Ackerman is the non-executive director of Africa’s biggest grocery chain outlet, Pick n Pay, which she co-owns with her husband, Raymond. Her net worth is estimated at R1.9 billion.
5. Wendy Appelbaum, Net Worth $259.3 Million
Wendy Appelbaum is one of the richest women in South Africa, following the passing of her billionaire father, Donald Gordon. She inherited her father’s insurance and real estate company, Liberty Investors and currently owns DeMorgenzo wine estate in Stellenbosch. She is worth R2.6 billion.
4. Ngina Kenyatta, Net Worth $500 Million
Mama Ngina Kenyatta was the former First Lady of Kenya and mother of current Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Mama Ngina is worth $500 million (R4.1 billion), mainly thanks to real estate, education, banking and farming.
3. Hajia Bola Shagaya, Net Worth $600 Million
Hajia Bola Shagaya has been managing director of Practoil Limited, which is one of the largest importers and distributors of oil in Nigeria. According to her official site, she has also been on the board of Unity Bank Pic for over eight years and is worth $600 million (R8.2 billion).
2. Folorunso Alakija, Net Worth $600 Million
Folorunsho Alakija owns an oil company called Famfa Oil Limited. The 62-year-old is also an accomplished fashion designer and launched an upscale fashion line, Supreme Stitches for Nigeria’s elite. According to Forbes, her net worth is estimated at $1.71 billion (R23.5 billion).
1. Isabel Dos Santos, Net Worth $1 Billion
Isabel dos Santos is the richest female and first female billionaire in Africa. She is the daughter of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and is a business investor with holdings in Portugal, Amsterdam and Angola. According to Forbes, her net worth is estimated at $3 billion (R41.4 billion).