A Glimpse of Africa's Richest Women

A Glimpse of Africa’s Richest Women

Africa, a continent rich in cultural heritage and natural resources, is also the home of the world’s riches women. These women are not only proving their worth in their chosen fields but are shaping various industries across the globe. Africa’s powerful women are making a name for themselves in different industries which includes entertainment, mining, telecommunication and fashion. We have compiled a list of some of Africa’s richest women. Let’s get to know them better.

1. Isabel Dos Santos, Businesswoman

Networth: $2.8 billion


Born in Angola, Isabel build up her own reputation as one of the most successful businesswoman in Africa despite having a former president as a father. According to a report released by Forbes, Isabel is the first ever African women to earn the billionaire status making her the richest woman in Africa. Isabel is an electrical engineering graduate with business investments in telecommunication, oil, finance and energy both in Africa and abroad.


2. Ngina Kenyatta,

Networth: $1 billion


Wife to Kenya’s first president, Ngina also known as ‘Mama Ngina’ holds stake in Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), the largest privately owned bank in Kenya. After merging with NIC bank, BusinessDaily Africa news reported that Mama Ngina’s family will hold a combined stakes worth $82 million with 13.2% control of the bank.


3. Folorunsho Alakija, Businesswoman

Networth: $1.5 billion


She is considered as one of Africa’s most powerful women having her hands tied with many business ventures which includes oil exploration, fashion, real estate industries and printing. With a background in finance and office administration, she founded ‘ Rose of Sharon House of Fashion’, which grew massively and later became a household name in Nigeria. Not only is she a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Folorunsho is also the first ever woman who was appointed as Chancellor of one of Africa’s public university.


4. Lupita Nyong’o, Actress

Net Worth: $8 million


You may have shed a tear or two while watching 12 Years a Slave, Lupita’s first major critically acclaimed Hollywood film. Lupita, having both Kenyan and Mexican citizenship, made a name for herself having won the Oscar award for best supporting actress in this film. This award winning actress has earned the respect of many with her superb acting both in film and onstage. Lupita has gone a long way from her debut acting career which took off in 2008 into a world famous international actress.


5. Bethlehem Alemu, Businesswoman

Networth: $5 million


Bethlehem is the founder of soleRebels, a fast growing footwear company in Africa. With Ethiopian descent, this entrepreneur built a company with the mission of providing her local community with sustainable jobs to support their needs. soleRebels showcases the skills of Ethiopian artisans who have handcrafted each pair of footwear. The company is known to produce ethically manufactured products built from recycled and sustainable materials.


The list above is just a glimpse of what African women can offer and how they are changing the world with their talents. Visit our website for more updates on women empowerment and Africa’s growing community of women entrepreneurs.

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