It is no secret that there is a gigantic wealth gap in South Africa, however, the gulf between the majority of the population and the financial elite only seems to be widening.

Elon Musk, the South African born entrepreneur known for his previous involvement in PayPal and current SpaceX and Tesla ventures tops the list of rich South Africans (even though he may be viewed by some as non South African). Number two on the list, Patric Soon-Shiong is another South African born (Port Elizabeth) billionaire who ply's his trade elsewhere, while not as much of a household name as Musk, his bank balance is extremely healthy! Nathan Kirsh, the Swazi property magnate, rounds off the top 3. He is still very active in South Africa and recently provided funding to Mamphele Ramphele's Agang SA political party in the 2014 elections.

The more recognisable names of Johann Rupert and Nicky Oppenheimer round off the top 5.

A couple of individuals in the list are still actively at the helm as CEO of listed South African companies. They are:

* Johan Rupert – CEO of Richmont SA (65 years old)
* Ivan Glasenberg – CEO of Glencore PLC (59 years old)
* Stephen Saad – CEO of Aspen Pharmacare (51 years old)

 

# Person Net Worth (US$) Net Worth (ZAR)
1 Elon Musk $11.0 billion R122.4 billion
2 Patric Soon-Shiong $8.8 billion R97.9 billion
3 Nathan Kirsh $8.3 billion R92.4 billion
4 Johann Rupert $7.6 billion R84.6 billion
5 Nicky Oppenheimer $7.3 billion R81.2 billion
6 Ivan Glasenberg $5.8 billion R64.5 billion
7 Christo Wiese $4.0 billion R44.5 billion
8 Clive Calder $2.5 billion R27.8 billion
9 Patrice Motsepe $2.3 billion R25.6 billion
10 Koos Bekker $2.1 billion R23.4 billion
11 Stephen Saad $2.0 billion R22.3 billion
12 Allan Gray $1.5 billion R16.7 billion
13 Douw Steyn $720 million R8.0 billion
14 Cyril Ramaphosa $700 million R7.8 billion
15 Lauritz Dippenaar $650 million R7.2 billion
16 Gus Attridge $525 million R5.8 billion
17 Mark Shuttleworth $500 million R5.6 billion
18 Raymond Ackerman $500 million R5.6 billion
19 Gerrit Thomas Ferreira $475 million R5.3 billion
20 Jannie Mouton $475 million R5.3 billion

 


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