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Africa’s Richest Black Billionaires 2024: Diverse Entrepreneurs Driving Economic Empowerment

Africa boasts a continent rich with enterprising individuals, producing world-class businessmen. Notably, among Africa’s top billionaires are some who may not fit the stereotypical image, as they are white entrepreneurs with ancestral roots outside the continent. Despite their significant contributions to Africa’s economy, their identification as African billionaires sometimes sparks debate.

In contrast, black African billionaires are emblematic of the continent’s diversity, offering powerful representation for aspiring business people. Their success serves as a beacon, showcasing the potential for individuals with core African heritage to overcome historical inequalities and thrive in the business world. This, in turn, contributes to broader economic empowerment across Africa.

For 2024, Forbes’ real-time billionaire index highlights the following as the richest black billionaires in Africa:

1. Dangote: $9.8 billion, Nigeria, Cement, Sugar.

2. Abdulsamad Rabiu: $6.0 billion, Nigeria, Cement, Sugar.

3. Mike Adenuga: $3.1 billion, Nigeria, Telecom.

4. Patrice Motsepe: $2.4 billion, South Africa, Mining.

5. Strive Masiyiwa: $1.9 billion, Zimbabwe, Telecom.

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