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South Africa’s richest man Johann Rupert rebounds strongly, gains $1.49 billion in 2023

Rupert's soaring fortune secures top spot in South Africa's wealth rankings

by Omokolade Ajayi
Johann Rupert

South African billionaire Johann Rupert, renowned for his leadership in the luxury industry, has staged a remarkable financial comeback, rebounding from a $1.03-billion loss in 2022. Ranked as one of Africa’s richest billionaires, he recorded a staggering surge in his fortune, amounting to nearly $1.5 billion in 2023.

Rupert’s net worth surged by $1.49 billion throughout the year, climbing from $10.91 billion on Jan. 1 to $12.4 billion on Dec. 31. This surge solidified his standing among the coveted list of African billionaires who witnessed wealth gains surpassing a billion dollars during the year.

From Richemont to Remgro: Decoding Johann Rupert’s strategic investments

The resurgence in Rupert’s fortune is attributed to the revaluation of his assets and investment portfolio, prominently featuring a substantial 10.18-percent stake in Richemont. Richemont, a Swiss luxury conglomerate boasting iconic brands like Cartier, Montblanc, and Van Cleef & Arpels, has played a pivotal role in contributing to Rupert’s financial rebound.

Moreover, Rupert holds a significant 25-percent ownership in Reinet Investments, a company established in 2008 to manage Richemont’s stake in British American Tobacco. His diversified investment strategy also includes a stake in Remgro, an investment vehicle-based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, with interests in over 30 companies.

As of the latest rankings, Johann Rupert stands as the 162nd richest person globally, trailing behind American private equity investor Leon Black, co-founder of Apollo Global Management, an alternative asset manager with approximately $617 billion in assets under management.

Rupert’s soaring fortune secures top spot in South Africa’s wealth rankings

The surge in Rupert’s fortune not only cements his position as one of Africa’s richest billionaires but also propels him to the top of South Africa’s wealth hierarchy, surpassing Nicky Oppenheimer, who holds the 232nd spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a $9.85-billion fortune.

Rupert’s remarkable rise in wealth is emblematic of the resilience within South Africa’s business elite and underscores the sustained growth of the African business landscape. His contributions to the luxury industry have played a pivotal role in his financial success, showcasing the dynamism and enduring strength of the continent’s economic ecosystem.

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