Top 5 Richest African Women 2017 – Richest African Women Today

Africa is blessed with natural resources in terrifying quantity. But, much more importantly, Africa is also blessed with great human resources. Today, we will focus our attention in celebrating the Top 5 Richest African Women 2017. Why? The world is largely patriarchal. Women are mostly dominated and relegated to the background. It is easy to see the list of richest men here and there and nothing is said about the women.

This list of the Top 5 Richest African Women 2017 is here to buck the trend. It is here to say that women can make it. So, our focus today is on the women who have broken the limit and harnessed their talents and potentials and have contributed not only to their countries but to Africa as a whole. So, who are these women that have made these difference and impact? We shall see.

Top 5 Richest African Women 2017

Here is the list of the richest women in Africa today.

1. Isabel Dos Santos (Angola)

The richest woman in Africa is Isabel Dos Santos. She is the daughter of a long-serving Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Her father’s political heights see her become a member of Board of Directors of several companies in Portugal and Angola. Furthermore, her father has transferred many of his stocks to her. She is estimated to be worth $3.7bn.

2. Folorunsho Alakija (Nigeria)

Folorunsho is a woman of excellence. She is known for several investments.  She owns Famfa Oil which produces an estimated 200,00 barrels per day. She also owns Rose of Sharon Foundation which she founded herself. Furthermore, she is also renowned for her fashion establishment, Supreme Stitches. She is estimated to worth $1.7bn.

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3. Hajia Bola Shagaya (Nigeria)

Bola Shagaya is a well-known business woman and fashionista. She started with photography and was reputed to have brought Konica into Nigeria. Currently, she is into exporting and importing of oil and other goods. She is the CEO and owner of Bolmus Group International with interests in Oil, real estate and banking. She is worth $1.5bn.

4. Ngina Kenyetta (Kenya)

Mama Ngina as she is widely known is former First Lady of Kenya. She is the widow of the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and also the mother of President Uhuru Kenyatta. She has interests in banking, import and export, and real estate. She owns stakes in Kenya’s largest dairy company Brookside Dairies, media company Mediamax, Heritage Hotels, Commercial Bank of Africa and hundreds of thousands of prime Kenyan land.

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5. Wendy Appelbaum (South Africa)

Wendy is the daughter of business tycoon Donald Gordon. Given her father’s wealth, it’s more of a surprise she is on this list. Wealthy men kids are often contented enjoying their parent’s wealth. Not Wendy. She is a South African and made her money through her inheritance which she sold and invested. Today she is one of the most respected female investment company owners. She also invests in the wine business. She owns De Morgenzen Wine Estate.

This our list of the Top 5 Richest African Women 2017 – Richest African Women Today. Let’s hear from you below. Thank you.


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