BrandArena: 2015 Forbes Billionaires List Revealed: Dangote Remains Africa's Richest

Tuesday 3 March 2015

2015 Forbes Billionaires List Revealed: Dangote Remains Africa's Richest

Despite a dropped in fortune from $25 billion last year to $14.7 billion this year – Aliko Dangote still retains the title of Africa’s richest man, according to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people. He dropped of his wealth was as a result of propelled downward by a weaker Nigerian currency and shrinking demand for cement, his largest asset.

Four other Nigerian made the list – Mike Adenuga, Femi Otedola, Folorunsho Alakija and Abdulsamad Rabiu. Orji Uzor Kalu and Tony Elumelu who made the list last year were dropped off the list this year.

Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world. Gates’ net worth rose to $79.2 billion from $76 billion a year earlier, putting him at the top for the 16th year in the last 21. A record number of 290 dollar billionaires were added to the list in 2014, including Michael Jordan. The new additions to Forbes magazine’s annual rich list, published on Monday, takes the total to a record 1,826 billionaires.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is now the 16th richest man in the world. The youngest billionaire in the world is 24 year old Evan Spiegel, the co-founder of photo- messaging app, Snapchat. Aliko Dangote is the year’s biggest loser, hi fortune dropped to $ 14.7 billion from $ 25 billion last year.

The number of Africans on the list remains at 29, consisting predominately of Egyptians (27.5%) part of either the Mansour or Sawiris clan. Notably, Tanzanian born Mohammed Dewji makes his debut on the list with a net worth of $1.25 billion, while Aliko Dangote keeps his place as Africa’s richest man, albeit after his net worth dropped to $14.7 billion, down from $25 billion in 2013. Femi Otedola, 78% owner of Forte Oil returns to the list after falling off in 2009.

The full list of Africans who made the 2014 list:
NameNet WorthNationalitySector
1.Aliko Dangote$15.7 billionNigerian Diversified
2.Johann Rupert & Family$7.4 billionSouth African Luxury Goods
3.Nicky Oppenheimer & Family$6.7 billionSouth African Diamonds
4.Christoffel Wiese$6.3 billionSouth African Retail
5.Nassef Sawiris$6.3 billionEgyptian Construction
6.Mike Adenuga$4 billionNigerian Telecoms and Oil
7.Mohamed Mansour$4 billionEgyptian Diversified
8.Nathan Kirsh$3.9 billionSwaziland  Real Estate
9.Isabel Dos Santos$3.1 billionAngolan Investments
10.Issad Rebrab$3.1 billionAlgerian Diversified
11.Naguib Sawiris$3.1 billionEgyptian Telecoms
12.Youssef Mansour$2.9 billionEgyptian Diversified
13.Koos Bekker$2.3 billionSouth African Media
14.Othman Benjelloun$2.3 billionMoroccan Banking
15.Yasseen Mansour$2.3 billionEgyptian Diversified
16.Patrice Motsepe$2.1 billionSouth African Mining
17.Stephen Saad$2.1 billionSouth African Pharmaceuticals
18.Mohamed Al Fayed$2 billionEgyptian Property
19.Folorunsho Alakija$1.9 billionNigerian Oil
20.Onsi Sawiris$1.8 billionEgyptian Diversified
21.Aziz Akhannouch$1.7 billionMoroccan Diversified
22.Allan Gray$1.6 billionSouth African Investments
23.Miloud Chaabi$1.3 billionMoroccan Diversified
24.Mohammed Dewji$1.3 billionTanzanian Diversified
25.Samih Sawiris$1.1 billionEgyptian Property 
26.Sudhir Ruparelia$1.1 billionUgandan Property, Banking
27.Femi Otedola$1 billionNigerian Gas Stations

28.Abdulsamad Rabiu

$1 billion



29.Rostam Azizi

$1 billion



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