Famous South African Business People

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 1 Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk
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Famous As: Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs
Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Kimbal Musk, the younger brother of business tycoon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, owns the community restaurant chain known as The Kitchen Restaurant Group. He also co-founded the non-profit Big Green, which builds outdoor classrooms, and Square Roots, which specializes in urban farming. He is also a prime Tesla shareholder.

 2 Prue Leith

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Africa

British-South African chef and culinary expert Prue Leith had begun her career with a lunch-supplying business. She later launched her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in Notting Hill and a culinary school. Best known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is also associated with various charitable initiatives.

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 3 Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa

The first black African to be featured on the Forbes billionaires’ list, African Rainbow Minerals founder Patrice Motsepe also owns a football club. In 2021, he took over as the president of the Confederation of African Football. The mining tycoon has also signed The Giving Pledge.

 4 Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Germiston

 5 Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Welkom

Mark Shuttleworth is a South African-British entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Canonical, the company that developed the popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. Mark Shuttleworth became the first African from an independent country and the first South African to travel to space; he traveled as a space tourist in 2002.

 6 Sol Kerzner

Sol Kerzner
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 23, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Troyeville

 7 Nicky Oppenheimer

Nicky Oppenheimer
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Famous As: Businessperson, Banker
Birthdate: June 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Africa
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 8 Ivan Glasenberg

Ivan Glasenberg
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Famous As: entrepreneur, entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg

 9 Anton Rupert

Anton Rupert
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet
Died: January 18, 2006

 10 Paul Maritz

Paul Maritz
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Famous As: engineer, businessperson
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 11 Craig Tiley

Craig Tiley
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Famous As: Tennis Coach, CEO of Tennis
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

The CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley has previously been a professional tennis player and high-level university coach. He broke a 100-year-old record for the most back-to-back wins while coaching at the University of Illinois. He has also been a captain of the South African Davis Cup team.

 12 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert

Frederik van Zyl Slabbert
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: May 14, 2010

Frederik van Zyl Slabbert initially studied theology, before switching streams and taking up sociology, eventually earning a PhD in the subject. Apart from leading the Progressive Federal Party, the South African politician also made a mark as a successful entrepreneur, eventually co-founding the trust Khula and serving several corporate boards.

 13 Mzi Khumalo

Mzi Khumalo
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

 14 Candice Pool

Candice Pool
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Famous As: Jewelry Designer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

 15 Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden

Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1908 AD
Birthplace: Hadhramaut, South Arabia
Died: September 3, 1967

 16 Ivan Semwanga

Ivan Semwanga
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tabora, Tanzania
Died: May 25, 2017