While Trump’s ascent to the most powerful position in the world may have dented the net worth of the rest of the world’s wealthiest people, SA’s super-rich faired a lot better.
According to Forbes’ real-time data, Motsepe – who the magazine ranks as the sixth-richest man in the country with a net worth of $1,7 billion (R24,4 billion) – gained a cool $48 million (R689 million) between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer, the richest man in the country with an estimated net worth of $6,9 billion (R99 billion), added $15 million (R215,4 million) to his fortune.
Retail tycoon Christo Wiese was the biggest benefactor of Trump’s win, with data revealing that he added a whopping $156 million (R2,2 billion) to his net worth during the same period.
Richemont chairman Johann Rupert is said to have made $23 million (R330 million), while Aspen Pharmcare CEO Stephen Saad gained an astounding $102 million (R1,4 billion).
Naspers chairman Koos Bekker didn’t fare as well as his peers, but still managed to pick up an extra $6 million (R86,1 million).
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The rest of the world’s wealthiest businessmen, however, weren’t as fortunate, with the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index revealing that world’s richest people collectively lost $41 billion (R588,6 billion) on Wednesday.
Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man and the fifth-wealthiest in the world, lost $5,1 billion (R73,2 billion), as the Mexican peso plummeted 12% as soon as news of Trump’s shock win broke.
Additional reporting by Forbes, Bloomberg