South Africa has 8 billionaires in 2021 according to the Forbes list of South African Billionaires.

In this post we are going to look at the richest people in South Africa and discuss their net worth and how they grew their wealth.

Richest Billionaires In South Africa

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2021 South African Billionaires List

8) Michiel Le Roux

Michiel Le Roux is a self made billionaire who founded Capitec Bank in 2001. Le Roux currently owns 11% stake in Capitec Bank.

The bank trades on Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Michiel Le Roux is aged 72 in 2021 and resides in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


What is Michiel Le Roux Net Worth?

Michiel Le Roux’s net worth is $1.5 Billion. Michiel Le Roux is ranked #16 in Africa’s Billionaires list according to the Forbes Rich list.


7) Koos Bekker

Jacobus Petrus “Koos” Bekker is a South African billionaire businessman, and the chairman of media group Naspers. Bekker is best known for transforming the Naspers into an ecommerce investor and cable TV platform.

Koos Bekker net worth

Koos Bekker led Naspers to invest in the now well known Chinese Internet firm Tencent in 2001.

Bekker is married with 2 children and resides in Cape Town.


What is Koos Bekker’s net worth in 2021?

Koos Bekker’s net worth is $2.8 Billion making him the number 10 most wealthiest man in South Africa 2021.

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6) Patrice Motsepe

One of the most impressive businessmen on the list, Patrice Motsepe is a self made billionaire from Johannesburg South Africa. He became a billionaire in 2008 and was the first black African on the Forbes List. 


Patrice Motsepe is the founder and chairman of African Rainbow Minerals and African Rainbow Capital.

This Billionaire also has a stake in the financial services firm Sanlam, while he is also the owner of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club.


What is Patrice Motsepe’s Net Worth?

Patrice Motsepe’s Net Worth in 2024 is $3 Billion. He is ranked #9 on the Forbes List of African Billionaires.


5) Ivan Glasenberg

Ivan Glasenberg is one of the richest self made South Africans. As the holder of the largest individual stake in Glencore the world’s largest commodity trader. Glencore went public in 2011


What is Ivan Glasenberg’s Net Worth?

Ivan Glasenberg’s net worth is $6 Billion making him the fifth richest man in South Africa.

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4)  Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong is a South African citizen and one of the richest Billionaires from the country. A medical doctor, he was the creator of the cancer drug Abraxane.


Patrick Soon-Shiong sold his drug companies Abraxis in 2010 and American Pharmaceutical Partners in 2008 for a combined $9.1 billion.

He took a cancer drug company NantKwest public in 2015 and NantHeath public in 2016.

Nantworks is a network of health startups which he owns and that corporation has stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers.


What is Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Net Worth?

Patrick Soon-Shiong’s net worth is $6.9 Billion in 2021.


3) Johann Rupert

Johann Rupert became rich through his position as chairman of Swiss luxury goods firm Compagnie Financiere Richemont, the company known for brands including Cartier and Montblanc.


Rupert owns 7% of diversified investment firm Remgro, as well as 25% of Reinet, an investment holding company.

Johann Rupert resides in Cape Town, South Africa and owns land in Karoo.


What is Johann Rupert’s Net Worth?

Johann Ruper net worth is $7.1 Billion in 2021, making him the 4th richest man in South Africa and the 4th richest man in Africa.


2) Nicky Oppenheimer

Nicky Oppenheimer is the heir to the DeBeers diamond fortune. He is also the second richest South African.


Oppenheimer grew his own wealth by selling 40% of DeBeers to the mining group Anglo American for $5.1 billion in 2012.

Oppenheimer started Fireblade Aviation in Johannesburg in 2014, which operates chartered flights.


Nicky Oppenheimer’s Net Worth

The net worth of Nicky Oppenheimer in 2024 stands at $8 Billion. He is listed at number 3 richest person in Africa 2024


1) Elon Musk

Elon Must is the richest South African in 2021. While he considers himself an American, he was born in Pretoria, South Africa in June 28, 1971. 


He left South Africa when he was 17 years old. He move to Canada and then moved to the USA as a transfer student.

Musk owns the electric car maker Tesla and rocket producer SpaceX


What is Elon Musk’s Net Worth?

The net worth of Elon Musk is $167 Billion. He is ranked number 2 in the overall Forbes richest people in the world list.


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