5. Nassef Sawiris - Born 19 January 1961

Nassef Sawiris is an Egyptian billionaire businessman, the youngest of Onsi Sawiris' three sons; his brothers are Naguib and Samih. Nassef Sawiris is a scion of Egypt's wealthiest family.

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Real time net worth: $7.3 Billion = 139 Billion ZAR

He runs OCI, one of the world's largest nitrogen fertilizer producers, with plants in Texas and Iowa; it trades on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. OC's Construction Group ranks among the world’s top global contractors and undertakes large industrial, infrastructure and select commercial projects for public and private customers principally in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

4. Abdulsamad Rabiu - Born 4 August 1960

Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu CON is a Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist. His late father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, was one of Nigeria's foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate concentrating on manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture and producing a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of the Nigerian Bank of Industry (BOI).

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Real time net worth: $7.6 Billion = 144 Billion ZAR

Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited in 1988 for the sole purpose of commodity trading. The company imported rice, edible oil, flour, and iron and steel. A few years later, BUA acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria. In 2005 BUA started two flour-milling plants, in Lagos and in Kano. By 2008, BUA had broken an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second-largest sugar refinery in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009 the company went on to acquire a controlling stake in a publicly-listed Cement Company in Northern Nigeria and began to construct a $900 million cement plant in Edo State, completing it in early 2015.

3. Nicholas F. Oppenheimer & Family – Born 8 June 1945

Nicky is a South African billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He was formerly the chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and of its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company, and former deputy chairman of Anglo American.

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Real time net worth: $8.4 Billion = 160 Billion ZAR

Oppenheimer joined the Anglo American Corporation in 1968, and was appointed a director in 1974. He became deputy chairman in 1983. He subsequently resigned in 2001 but remained a non-executive director until 2011. Oppenheimer was appointed deputy chairman of the then Central Selling Organisation (now Diamond Trading Company) in 1984 and deputy chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1985. He was appointed chairman of the Diamond Trading Company in 1985. He was chairman of the De Beers Group from 1998 to 2012, at which point he retired when the family stake was sold to Anglo American.

2. Johann Peter Rupert - Born 1 June 1950

Johan Rupert is a South African-born entrepreneur, who is the eldest son of business tycoon Anton Rupert and his wife Huberte. He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont as well as of the South Africa-based company Remgro.

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Real time net worth: $10.7 Billion = 204 Billion ZAR

Rupert served his business apprenticeship in New York City, where he worked for Chase Manhattan for two years and for Lazard Freres for three years. He then returned to South Africa in 1979 and founded Rand Merchant Bank of which he was CEO.

1. Aliko Dangote – Born 10 April 1957

Aliko is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries. Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 100th-richest person in the world and the richest in Africa. Dangote is looking beyond cement – his most valuable asset – and has been investing in a fertilizer production company and a large oil refinery. Dangote Fertilizer is expected to start operations in the second quarter this year.

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Real time net worth: $13.5 Billion = 257 Billion ZAR

Dangote Group is one of Nigeria’s most diversified business conglomerates with a hard–earned reputation for excellent business practices and products’ quality with its operational headquarters in the bustling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa.

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