Bill Gates maintained his position as the richest in the world with a net worth of $86 billion, while Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos were second and third with a net worth of $75.6 billion and $72.8 billion.
Forbes further stated that “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.”
It would be recalled that Dangote was also recently the only African selected among Bloomberg’s world’s 50 best persons in 2017
While names of notable Nigerians were dropped from the billionaires lists, Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga, with a net worth of $5.3 billion was adjudged the 5th richest man in Africa and Folorunsho Alakija, also a Nigerian, whose estimated $1.6 billion fortune lies in oil exploration firm was adjudged as the 15th richest person in Africa.
Number two on the list of African richest people is diamond mining heir Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, with a net worth of $7.7 billion, up $700 million from last year. Oppenheimer is one of eight South Africans on the list, making it the African country with the most billionaires. Nigeria has just three.
Boosting the South African ranks this year: newcomerMichiel Le Roux, the founder and former chairman of Johannesburg-listed Capitec Bank Holdings, whose stock has climbed more than 50 per cent in the past year, making Le Roux a newbillionaire worth $1.2 billion.
South African mining tycoon Desmond Sacco, chairman of listed Assore Group, returns to the list, following a stock price surge of some 60 per cent in the past 12 months.
Sacco last appeared as a billionaire on the Africa’s Richest list in 2012 with a $1.4 billion fortune.
He also appeared on the 2014 Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires, worth $1.3 billion.
In December 2017, the share price of retailer Steinhoff International plunged after the company divulged accounting irregularities.
That pushed the net worth of Steinhoff’s then-chairman Christoffel Wiesebelow $1 billion on December 7. (Wiese resigned as chairman in December).
In early January, the company said it would restate its financial results as far back as 2015 and the share price rebounded enough to put Wiese back in billionaire territory, at least for the moment.
Zimbabwe gets its first billionaire this year: telecom magnate Strive Masiyiwa, who chairs the Econet Group. Shares of Zimbabwe-listed mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe have surged in value over the past year. Masiyiwa owns more than half of that company.
He also has a majority stake in fiber optic firm, Liquid Telecom, which raised $700 million in a bond offering in July 2017.
Forbes estimates Masiyiwa’s net worth at $1.7 billion.
Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s longtime former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, is worth an estimated $2.7 billion this year, down from $3.2 billion a year ago.
Her net worth dropped in part due to a lower value for Banco BCI, an Angolan bank.
Its book value plunged in 2016 amid a tough year for the oil producing country.