Africa's Billionaires

Bishop Chris

The inspirational stories of the wealthiest men and women on the African continent. Features Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe and Mohammed Ruparelia, among many others.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
B&W pic of each of the featured billionaires as a chapter opener
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781776091218
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
Stock Status : In stock


As Forbes magazine heads towards its centenary in 2017, this is a timely look at how the work of entrepreneurs can influence lives in Africa and create the jobs that empty state coffers can no longer afford. Written by the founder of Forbes Africa, this is a masterclass on how the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs across Africa made their billions. Chris Bishop gets up close and personal with the biggest names in business on the continent: Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe, Nicky Oppenheimer, Christo Wiese and Stephen Saad, among others. These are the stories of how they not only survived, but thrived, in the fast and furious world of African business: the penniless priest who became a steel baron; the barefoot apple-seller who turned into a mining millionaire; the man who shared a hut with cattle but ended up a billionaire; the respected millionaire who went from running dice games and dealing drugs to running a city. This is a rich tapestry of stories about the super-wealthy and the wise, told with wit and heart.

About The Author

Chris Bishop is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting from across Africa for 22 of his 35 years in the profession. He has been threatened and tear-gassed in more countries than he can remember, and locked up by police in at least three, merely for reporting a story. He has interviewed numerous heads of state in Africa, among them Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe, Kenneth Kaunda, Joaquim Chissano, Bakili Muluzi and Yoweri Museveni. Bishop has worked for the BBC in London and became the founding editor of Forbes Africa in 2011. He won the Sanlam Award for excellence in financial journalism (broadcast) in 2011 and the Editor of the Year at the Pica Awards in 2013. His first award came in 1987 for his story on the uncovering of a plot to assassinate the Queen on a royal visit to New Zealand.

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