Four of the 23 African billionaires tracked by BillionairesAfrica are on track to end 2022 as multimillionaires rather than billionaires, as macroeconomic volatility, geopolitical tensions, and supply chain disruptions continue to impact both the performance and valuation of the companies they own.
With the financial performance of some African companies under pressure, the decline in these companies’ valuations has caused the net worth of many African billionaires to decline significantly. This has increased pressure on the wealth figures of billionaires who were worth less than $2 billion or $1.5 billion at the start of the year.
Strive Masiyiwa, a leading billionaire who has seen his net worth decline from nearly $3 billion at the start of the year to $1.2 billion at the time of writing this report, is one of four billionaires on the verge of losing their billionaire status, despite having an exciting year with his appointment to the board of the Gates Foundation and the roll-out of several data centers across Africa through Africa Data Centers.
While some of these African billionaires are currently worth only a billion dollars, others are worth nearly $1.2 billion; however, the threat remains that if the market value of the companies they own continues to fall, these four billionaires could lose their billion-dollar net worth in the new year or before the year ends.
#1 Strive Masiyiwa
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Zimbabwe’s richest man Strive Masiyiwa, the world’s 2,257th richest man and one of Africa’s richest businessmen, is one of the African billionaires on the verge of losing their billionaire status.
His net worth has dropped from $2.7 billion at the start of the year to $1.2 billion at the time of writing this report.
The decline in his net worth can be attributed to the performance of his stakes in Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, which he founded in 1998, and EcoCash Holdings, a diverse smart technology group that uses digital and financial technologies to create shared economies, drive financial inclusion and promote economic empowerment.
#2 Othman Benjelloun
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Othman Benjelloun is the world’s 2,212th richest man and one of Africa’s richest billionaires, according to Forbes. The Moroccan billionaire is best known for co-founding BMCE Bank of Africa, of which he is currently chairman and CEO.
Benjelloun’s net worth has fallen by $300 million since the beginning of the year, from $1.5 billion at the start of the year to $1.2 billion at the time of writing this report, due to a decline in the market value of his holdings in multinational pan-African banking conglomerates, BMCE Group and O Capital Group, a leading investment group based in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city.
#3 Yasseen Mansour
Net worth: $1.1 billion
Yasseen Mansour, Egypt’s sixth-richest man and the world’s 2,334th wealthiest man, is currently worth $1.1 billion at the time of writing this report, down from $2.2 billion at the start of 2020.
The leading billionaire has a stake in the Mansour Group, a family-owned conglomerate. Aside from his business interests in Mansour Group, Mansour is the chairman of Palm Hills Development, a leading Egyptian real estate group.
#4 Samih Sawiris
Net worth: $1 billion
Samih Sawiris, the younger brother of Egyptian billionaires Naguib and Nassef Sawiris, derives the majority of his fortune from his family’s investments in OCI N.V., a global producer and distributor of nitrogen and methanol products, and Orascom Development, which builds and operates resorts in Egypt, Montenegro, and Switzerland.
Unlike his brothers, who have both been able to maintain or increase their wealth figures, Samih Sawiris has seen his net worth drop by more than $100 million since the start of 2022, from $1.1 billion at the beginning of January to $1 billion at the time of writing this report.