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Wealth among Africa’s HNWIs will reach $3 trillion by 2031, new report reveals

Total private wealth in Africa is $2.1 trillion, and is expected to rise by 38 percent over the next decade.

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As more attention is drawn to Africa as entrepreneurs and businessmen continue to leverage the continent’s vast resources to create wealth in an economic era driven by the Internet and technology, a wealth report has revealed that private wealth held in Africa is expected to increase by 38 percent over the next decade to $3 trillion.

According to the latest 2022 Africa Wealth Report released this week by Henley & Partners in collaboration with New World Wealth, a global wealth intelligence firm based in South Africa, total private wealth on the African continent is $2.1 trillion and is expected to rise by 38 percent over the next 10 years.

According to the report, growth in the technology and professional services sectors will drive a 38-percent increase in private wealth over the next ten years. The creation of wealth and the flow of capital across the continent will be linked to the performance of frontier economies, which will be driven by the need to diversify wealth-creating sources.

The report raises concerns about whether the projected growth will be more evenly distributed and reduce wealth inequality across the continent.

“Our growth forecast for Africa is very healthy when compared to most other regions globally,” said Andrew Amoils, head of research at Johannesburg-based New World. “We expect especially strong growth in the centi-millionaire wealth band,” or individuals with more than $100 million, in Uganda, Mozambique, and Zambia, he added.

According to Vusi Thembekwayo, a leading entrepreneur, international author, and CEO of MyGrowthFund Venture Partners, the rise of new wealth economies, as well as megacities and the diversification of wealth-creating sources, are just some of the exciting trends driving the creation and flow of capital across the continent.

“The rise of frontier economies that are attracting new wealth by positioning themselves as preferred investment destinations is challenging this narrative. Mauritius and Seychelles have recently been the most deliberate with this strategy,” he added.

According to the report, Mauritius, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to increase non-state wealth at the fastest rates on the continent — by at least 60 percent — during the period, while large gains are also expected in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique and Zambia.

Tourism, real estate and financial services are expected to drive growth in Uganda, while tourism, business process outsourcing and manufacturing are expected to drive growth in Mozambique, and mining and financial services are expected to drive growth in Zambia.

With this paradigm shift in mind, much of the continent’s wealth distribution remains unchanged, with Africa’s “Big 5” private wealth markets — South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, and Kenya — accounting for more than half of the continent’s total wealth.

According to the report, Africa currently has 136,000 HNWIs with a private wealth of $1 million or more, 305 centi-millionaires worth $100 million or more, and 21 dollar billionaires.

Despite a difficult decade, South Africa still has more HNWIs than any other African country, with Egypt now having the most billionaires.

Mauritius has the highest per capita (average wealth per person) wealth in Africa at $34,500, followed by South Africa at $10,970 and Namibia at $9,320.

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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote gains $100 million in June

The $100-million increase in his net worth in June follows a $300-million decline in May.

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Aliko Dangote.

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote saw his net worth rise by $100 million in June despite the mixed performance of his publicly traded companies, as investors reduced their positions in shares that had delivered impressive year-to-date growth due to profit and valuation concerns.

According to data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Dangote’s net worth increased by $100 million between the start of business on June 1 and the end of business on June 30, rising from $20.3 billion to $20.4 billion.

The $100-million increase in his net worth in June follows a $300-million decline in May, when investors sold down shares in his flagship company Dangote Cement as part of a move to preserve wealth after the cement maker’s stock price surged to an all-time high of N300 ($0.72) per share on May 19.

The increase in his net worth brings his year-to-date wealth gains to $1.32 billion, making him one of the few billionaires in the world who have been able to record impressive gains in their fortunes despite recent stock market declines.

Apart from the multimillion-dollar increase in his net worth in June, the Nigerian billionaire, who recently launched the continent’s largest granulated urea fertilizer complex, received a total dividend of $725.2 million this year from his publicly traded businesses, which is significantly more than the $639.5 million he received last year.

Through his manufacturing conglomerate Dangote Industries Limited, Dangote opened an application nearly four days ago to raise up to N300 billion ($723 million) in medium-term debt funding from Nigerian investors to fund the completion of his $19-billion integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, Dangote Oil Refinery.

The refinery’s pipeline infrastructure, when completed in the first half of 2023, will process 540,000 barrels of Nigerian crude per day in the first phase of operation, increasing to 650,000 barrels per day later.

The refinery will also produce 65 million liters of premium motor spirits (petrol), 15 million liters of diesel, and 3 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.

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Egypt’s richest man Nassef Sawiris loses $600 million in June after gaining $1.25 billion in May

His fortune is derived from a 38.8-percent stake in Netherlands-based OCI N.V. and a six-percent stake in German sportswear behemoth Adidas.

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Egypt's richest man Nassef Sawiris.

After reporting a whopping $1.25-billion increase in his net worth in May, Egypt’s richest man Nassef Sawiris saw his fortune plummet by $600 million in June as the market value of his investment portfolio fell by double digits, mirroring the drop in EU stocks over the month.

Sawiris, a leading Egyptian businessman and one of Africa’s richest billionaires, serves on the boards of Adidas, a leading sportswear manufacturer, and OCI N.V., a global manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen products.

The majority of his fortune is derived from a 38.8-percent stake in Netherlands-based OCI N.V. and a six-percent stake in German sportswear behemoth Adidas, which is valued at $2.11 billion at the time of writing this report.

According to data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Sawiris had a net worth of $7.45 billion at the start of business on June 1, but his net worth dropped to $6.85 billion at the end of business on June 30 due to a decline in the share prices of OCI N.V. and Adidas.

The $600-million decline in his net worth in June follows a drop in EU equities as global markets face immense pressure, with aggressive monetary tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other major central banks fueling fears of an impending economic downturn.

Despite the recent loss, the year-to-date change in Sawiris’ net worth remains positive, with the businessman’s fortune rising by more than $350 million this year, from $6.5 billion at the start of business in January to $6.85 billion at the time of writing.

The increase in his net worth year-to-date can be linked to his stake in OCI N.V., which enjoyed an increase in its valuation after the group reported a 246-percent increase in net income in the first quarter of 2022, from $102 million in the first quarter of 2021 to $354 million, driven by a 108-percent rise in revenue above $2.3 billion due to higher volumes and selling prices.

The group revealed that its outlook remains positive until at least 2024, providing strong support for nitrogen prices to remain above historical averages.

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Ghanaian tycoon Daniel McKorley’s McDan Group to donate land to students for soya bean cultivation

McKorley is a well-known businessman and the founder and CEO of the McDan Group.

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Ghanaian tycoon Daniel McKorley.

Ghanaian tycoon Daniel McKorley has announced plans to donate three to five acres of land to students for soya bean cultivation as part of the efforts to increase food sufficiency in Ghana, as food prices continue to rise due to supply constraints exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

According to GhanaWeb, the leading business mogul announced the decision at the third edition of the McDanYouthConnect series of events, explaining that the move is part of a concerted effort to improve agriculture and promote food sufficiency in the country. He added that students will be given the opportunity to cultivate one or two products and create value for the nation.

His decision, which was applauded by all dignitaries and persons who attended the event, resulted in the release of 100 acres of land for the block farming project.

McKorley went on to advise students to continue engaging with the “right” people to increase their knowledge base, to network, and to ask for help when trying out something new, as such an attitude in life will allow them to unlock their future potential and grow.

McKorley is a well-known businessman and the founder and CEO of the McDan Group of Companies, an Accra-based transportation and logistics group with three divisions: McDan Shipping, McDan Aviation, and McDan Logistics.

Aside from its core operations in Ghana, the group maintains active operations and an extensive presence in West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Equatorial Guinea through its broad interests in shipping, logistics, and aviation.

McDan Group, led by McKorley, opened its first private jet terminal at an international airport in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, earlier this year, with three planes and one helicopter operating under the McDan Aviation brand.

The jet terminal will serve high-end clients seeking to maximize luxury clients and corporate executives seeking a quick and efficient commute for business purposes.

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