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South African billionaire Laurie Dippenaar sees $45.6-million surge in FirstRand stake in 46 days

by Mfonobong Nsehe
Laurie Dippenaar

South African billionaire and prominent businessman Laurie Dippenaar, the prominent billionaire businessman and co-founder of Rand Consolidated Investing, has experienced a substantial increase in his wealth due to the surge in the market value of his stake in FirstRand.

According to data compiled by Billionaires.Africa, Dippenaar’s stake in the financial services conglomerate has grown by $45.6 million in the past 46 days, aligning with the growing interest in fundamentally strong companies among local investors.

FirstRand, boasting a diversified portfolio of financial services, including FNB, RMB, WesBank, and Aldermore, holds a dominant position in the African market in terms of market capitalization. The company operates actively in South Africa, the UK, and various sub-Saharan African markets.

Dippenaar, alongside co-founders GT Ferreira and Paul Harris, established Rand Consolidated Investing in 1977 and has been instrumental in the success and expansion of FirstRand across Africa. Presently, Dippenaar owns a 1.76-percent stake in FirstRand, which translates to 98,726,988 shares.

During the past 46 days, FirstRand’s shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange have witnessed remarkable gains thanks to the surge in buying interest.

As investors continue to restructure their portfolios, the bank’s share price has soared by 14.2 percent. Starting at R60.63 ($3.25) on May 18, the share price has climbed to R69.26 at the time of reporting, generating substantial returns for shareholders, including Dippenaar.

With the recent surge in the company’s shares, Dippenaar’s stake in FirstRand has increased by R852 million ($45.67 million) within the past 46 days.

The boost has raised the market value of his stake from R5.98 billion ($320.9 million) on May 18 to R6.84 billion ($366.56 million) as of the time of this report.

Dippenaar’s remarkable financial growth is a testament to the recent buying pressures witnessed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as investors actively reshuffle their portfolios.

The surge in FirstRand’s shares demonstrates the group’s appeal to investors and solidifies Dippenaar’s position as one of the few beneficiaries of the current market dynamics.

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