Company: The Rose of Sharon Group
Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Africa is an amazing continent full of natural resources and innovation. Today, some of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs from across this diverse land have turned those resources into massive empires. Most of the top 10 richest women in Africa 2021 are successful businesswomen. South Africa and Nigeria lead the list with the number of rich women living in this continent. Information for creating this article was sourced from Forbes and Investing.com
Company: The Rose of Sharon Group
Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Folorunsho Alakija is vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company with a stake in Agbami Oilfield, a prolific offshore asset.
Famfa Oil’s partners include Chevron and Petrobras.
Alakija’s first company was a fashion label whose customers included the wife of former Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida.
The Nigerian government awarded Alakija’s company an oil prospecting license in 1993, which was later converted to an oil mining lease.
The Agbami field has been operating since 2008; Famfa Oil says it will likely operate through 2024.
Net Worth: $1 billion
Ngina Kenyatta was born on 24th June 1933, she is popularly known as “Mama Ngina” she is the former First Lady of Kenya. She is the widow of the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta (~1889–1978), and also the mother of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Company: Bolmus Group International
Net Worth: $630 million
Hajia Bola Shagaya born October 10, 1959 is a Nigerian businesswoman and fashion enthusiast. She is one of the richest women in Africa.
She is currently married to Alhaji Shagaya, a Kwara State-based transport mogul, and has six children.
She started her career with the audit department of the Central Bank of Nigeria before venturing into commercial activities in 1983. Her business experience started with the importation and distribution of photographic materials and she introduced the Konica brand of photographic materials into the Nigerian market and West Africa.
Hajia Bola Shagaya is also the managing director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, serving local lubricant blending plants. Her businesses also includes huge investment in real estate, spanning across major cities in the country with over three hundred employees.
Company: Liberty Investors
Net Worth: $259.3 million
Wendy Appelbaum is the Owner and Chair of De Morgenzon Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Wendy Appelbaum, daughter of Liberty Group founder Donald Gordon, is the Owner and Chair of De Morgenzon Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Appelbaum admittedly did have an advantage in being the daughter of Donald Gordon. Having such a powerful, influential father was “almost like growing up in a business school”. She inherited his flair and mind for business.
However, her father is not responsible for her successes. “He certainly taught me a lot about business,” says Appelbaum, “but being a girl and growing up in the 1970s [meant] there was not much expectation [for] me to do anything. It was my choice to do something. So, I have always worked and I have always been busy.” She grew up wanting to challenge expectations, and that she did. Today, she is arguable the richest woman in South Africa.
Company: Pick N Pay Holdings Ltd.
Net Worth: $190.2 million
Wendy Ackerman is one of the founders and an Executive Director of Pick n Pay Stores. Together with husband Raymond Ackerman she helped build up one of South Africa’s pre-eminent FMCG retailers, consisting of over 450 stores including 121 supermarkets and 14 hypermarkets. Operations are in food, clothing, and general merchandise sectors as well as financial services. The company operates throughout South Africa, southern Africa and Australia and employs around 49,000 people. Today, much of Wendy’s boundless energy is devoted to her family’s philanthropic endeavours and her personal work for the underprivileged.
Company: Smile Telecoms
Net Worth: $150 million
Irene Charnley is a former trade unionist and businesswoman from South Africa.
Charnley first made her mark on the African business community as a negotiator for South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers where she spent 13 years co-ordinating various divisions of union operations.
She went on to become an executive director for the MTN Group, which is Africa’s largest telecommunications company. Under her leadership several African and Middle Eastern countries (including Nigeria and Iran) were connected into the MTN network. Charnley was the behind the founding of the National Empowerment Consortium made up of 50% black business owners and 50% black African laborers. They eventually owned 35% of Johnnic Holdings (now called Johnnic Communications).
Company: Mmakau Mining
Net Worth: $100 million
Bridgette Motsepe Radebe is a South African businesswoman of Tswana descent and the sister of South African businessman Patrice Motsepe and First Lady of South Africa Tshepo Motsepe.
She was born on 26 February 1960. Radebe started out as a common miner in the 1980s; managing individual shaft mining operations and producing materials for the larger mine operations in South Africa while working under a contract. She started Mmakau Mining; a mining firm that initiates explorations and helps to produce platinum, gold, and chrome.
Company: Octodec Investments
Net Worth: $43.1 million
Sharon Wapnick’s father Alec Wapnick, founded Octodec Investments and Premium Properties, two property loan stock companies listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.
Wapnick is one of the top 5 shareholders in each company, and her shares are estimated to be worth R544 million, according to Forbes.
Net Worth: $5 million
Tiwatope Savage was born on 5th February 1980. She is known professionally as Tiwa Savage, a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Isale Eko and relocated to London at the age of 11 to pursue a secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige.
After participating in the UK edition of The X Factor and graduating from Berklee College of Music, Savage signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009.
Inspired by the growth of the Nigerian music industry, Savage moved back to Lagos and signed with Mavin Records in 2012. She made an appearance on the label’s compilation album Solar Plexus, released that same year
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