The April 2021 Forbes annual billionaires list includes a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires, with the plutocrats bringing a combined fortune of $13.1-trillion (about R188.7-trillion at the time of writing), up from $8-trillion on the 2020 list. About 493 people joined the rich list. (DM)
Last year, the four South African billionaires who made the cut for the ranking lost $2 billion collectively, amid the pandemic. A year later the ultra wealthy individuals have added $3.6 billion to their combined net worth (+$5.6 billion, year on year). Diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer still ranks as the richest man in the country, with a net worth of $8.0 billion – up from $7.4 billion recorded in 2020, and also higher than the pre-Covid level of $7.6 billion.
|Patrice Motsepe||$1.4 billion||$2.9 billion||+$1.5 billion||+107.1%|
|Johann Rupert||$4.6 billion||$7.1 billion||+$2.5 billion||+54.3%|
|Koos Bekker||$2.0 billion||$3.0 billion||+$1.0 billion||+50.0%|
|Nicky Oppenheimer||$7.4 billion||$8.0 billion||+$600 million||+8.1%|
|Michiel le Roux||<$1.0 billion||$1.1 billion||–||–|
Johann Rupert followed at $7.1 billion. In nominal terms, Rupert saw the biggest jump in his wealth, adding $2.5 billion from $4.6 billion in 2020. However, he also saw the biggest initial loss (-$1 billion) from the pandemic. His wealth before the Covid-19 pandemic was $5.6 billion. Rupert is followed by Koos Bekker and Patrice Motsepe, who both have a net worth of around $3 billion.
Forbes has published its annual Billionaires List for 2021, tracking the wealth of the world’s richest people over the last year, including five from South Africa. The 2021 list marks the return to dollar billionaire status for Capitec co-founder, Michiel le Roux, who dropped off the ranking following the global market crash in April 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite being ranked as the fourth richest man in the country – only marginally below Bekker in Forbes’ count – Motsepe saw the largest growth to his wealth over the last year, with his net worth more than doubling (+107%) to $2.9 billion, from $1.4 billion in 2020.
Forbes noted that there were 660 more dollar billionaires in its 2021 tally than in the year before, with the total hitting 2,755. Of these, 493 ware new to the list, and 250 who had dropped off as a result of the initial Covid crash, made their return.
Jeff Bezos was ranked as the world’s richest man for the fourth year running, worth $177 billion, while South African-born Elon Musk shot to the number two spot with $151 billion, as Tesla and Amazon shares surged.
Combined, the billionaires are worth a collective $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion in 2020 – a staggering increase of $5.1 trillion.
South Africa and the elites do have long list of black millionaires and billionaires
2020 South Africa
Dan kla sommiges soos malema en eff oor die wit kapitaal, terwyl dit lankal nie meer slegs wit kapitaal is nie. Hulle kla oor armoede, maar daar is duisende wat miljoenêrs en biljoenêrs is en geword het.
Waar staan diegene wat so kla oor die blankes wat wel nog op die lys is – en diegene wat so klippe gooi na rykes, moet maar na die agtergrond gaan kyk waar alles vandaan kom – en so ook die swart en andere wat oornag kits miljoenêrs geword het.
Terroriste sing, dans en brand alles af, vermoor blankes en ander rasse weens haat en jaloesie – waar kon ons almal gewees het as niks na 1994 vernietig was nie? Hoeveel van die arm swartes is immigrante en onwettiges?