Johann Rupert sees wealth soar – only one SA citizen is richer than him

The Forbes Billionaires List for 2021 has been published this week, giving us an eye-opening insight into the financial fortunes of the world’s richest citizens. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bernard Arnaut are the three wealthiest people on the planet, all worth over $150 billion. Here in SA, we officially have FIVE dollar billionaires – including Johann Rupert.

Johann Rupert net worth – how much money has he got?

The luxury watch-making mogul (and investment titan) has had a particularly profitable pandemic, according to the experts. Johann Rupert’s fortune has ballooned over the past 12 months, rising from an estimated $4.6 billion to $7.1 billion. The figures from Forbes show that he is the 358th richest person in the world, and Africa’s fourth wealthiest citizen.

The statistics speak for themselves. The Stellenbosch-based businessman has moved higher up the exclusive list for 2021, following a 65% increase in his total net worth. Johann Rupert is now back to highs last seen in 2018…

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Dollar billionaires: Who is the richest person in South Africa?

With R103 billion in the bank, it’d be fair to assume that Johann Rupert would be top of the tree domestically. But he has been pipped to the title of ‘South Africa’s richest person’ by none other than Nicky Oppenheimer. The diamond mining magnate is estimated to have a net worth of $8 billion – or R116 billion, taking him clear of his opulent rival.

Oppenheimer’s fortune has grown by around $600 million since April 2020. Not even COVID can stop these men from making money, and there are several other South Africans who can class themselves as ‘dollar billionaires’…

Koos Bekker is the third-richest South African, with about $3 billion to his name. He is pushed extremely close by Patrice Motsepe, who has actually seen his wealth double in the past year – The CAF President is valued at $2.9 billion. The pair narrowly miss out on the world’s top 1 000, coming in at #1008 and #1064 respectively.

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Presh JM Reporter

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