list top 100 famous bussinessmen of all time in south africa?

List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in South Africa and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to South Africa. If you’re trying to find out the names of famous South African entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from South Africa is included when available.

This list features Elon Musk, Colin Cowie and more.

This historic entrepreneurs from South Africa list can help answer the questions “Who are some South African entrepreneurs of note?” and “Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from South Africa?” These prominent entrepreneurs of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they’re all respected South African entrepreneurs.

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Anton Rupert

Anthony Edward Rupert (4 October 1916 – 18 January 2006) was a South African well-respected Afrikaner billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist. He was born and raised in the small town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. He studied in Pretoria and ultimately moved to Stellenbosch, where he established the Rembrandt Group and where it still has its headquarters. He died in his sleep at his home in Thibault Street, Stellenbosch at the age of 89, and is survived by a son Johann, a daughter Hanneli and five grandchildren. His wife Huberte Goote and his youngest son, Anthonij, pre-deceased him.
  • Age: Dec. at 89 (1916-2006)
  • Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

    Brett Kebble

    Roger Brett Kebble (19 February 1964 – 27 September 2005) was a South African mining magnate with close links to factions in the ruling political party, the African National Congress.Kebble was born in the mining town of Springs, on the East Rand. He matriculated from St. Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein, in 1981, and then went on to the University of Cape Town, from where he graduated in 1986. His first job was as an articled clerk for Mallinicks, which has since merged with, and become part of, Webber Wentzel, in Cape Town in the late 1980s. He was involved in the sale by Anglo American of its JCI gold assets to Mzi Khumalo in 1995, but the partnership ended soon after. In August 2005 he was deposed from the companies he ran, Western Areas, JCI and Randgold & Exploration, following moves by concerned investors and stakeholders. An investigation followed to determine the whereabouts of some R2-billion-worth of Randgold Resources shares, which Randgold & Exploration could not easily account for and which had either been loaned out or sold. This was followed by the suspension of JCI and Randgold & Exploration shares from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) which recently, Randgold & Exploration has been relisted on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.He married Ingrid in December 1990 and they had four children.
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1964-2005)
    • Birthplace: Springs, South Africa

      Colin Cowie

      Colin Andrew Wilkie Cowie (born 3 January 1962) is an African-born American lifestyle guru, television personality, author, interior designer and party planner.
      • Age: 61
      • Birthplace: Kitwe, Zambia

        David Bale

        David Charles Howard Bale (2 September 1941 – 30 December 2003) was an English entrepreneur and an environmentalist animal rights activist. He was the father of actor Christian Bale and the husband of Gloria Steinem.
        • Age: Dec. at 62 (1941-2003)
        • Birthplace: South Africa

          Elon Musk

          Elon Reeve Musk (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder and co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People. He has a net worth of $19.4 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 40th-richest person in the world.Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen’s University. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received an economics degree from the Wharton School and a degree in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He began a Ph.D. in applied physics and material sciences at Stanford University in 1995 but dropped out after two days to pursue an entrepreneurial career. He subsequently co-founded Zip2, a web software company, which was acquired by Compaq for $340 million in 1999. Musk then founded, an online bank. It merged with Confinity in 2000 and later that year became PayPal, which was bought by eBay for $1.5 billion in October 2002.In May 2002, Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, of which he is CEO and lead designer. He joined Tesla, Inc., an electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer, in 2004, the year after it was founded, and became its CEO and product architect. In 2006, he inspired the creation of SolarCity, a solar energy services company (now a subsidiary of Tesla) and operates as its chairman. In 2015, Musk co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research company that aims to promote friendly artificial intelligence. In July 2016, he co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain–computer interfaces. In December 2016, Musk founded The Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnel-construction company. In addition to his primary business pursuits, Musk has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a vertical take-off and landing supersonic jet electric aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet. Musk has stated that the goals of SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.
          • Age: 52
          • Birthplace: South Africa, Pretoria

            Leonard N. Stern

            Leonard Norman Stern (born March 28, 1938) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of the privately owned Hartz Group based in New York City. The company’s real estate portfolio was owned and operated under its Hartz Mountain Industries subsidiary company, of which he is also chairman and CEO.
            • Age: 85
            • Birthplace: New York City, New York

              Mark Shuttleworth

              Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African and British entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. In 2002, he became the first South African to travel to space as a space tourist. He lives on the Isle of Man and holds dual citizenship from South Africa and the United Kingdom.
              • Age: 50
              • Birthplace: Welkom, South Africa

                Robert Krausz

                Robert Krausz (1936 – October 3, 2002) was an Israeli commodities and futures trader.
                • Age: Dec. at 66 (1936-2002)
                • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

                  Patrick Soon-Shiong

                  Patrick Soon-Shiong (Chinese: 黃馨祥; pinyin: Huáng Xīnxiáng, Mandarin pronunciation: [xu̯ɑ̌ŋ ɕín ɕi̯ɑ̌ŋ]; born July 29, 1952) is an American surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is chair of NantWorks, LLC, executive director of the Wireless Health Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, and an adjunct professor of surgery at UCLA. He is chair of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, and chair and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, National LambdaRail (which ceased to exist in 2014), and the Healthcare Transformation Institute. Soon-Shiong has been a minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers since 2010. Since 2018, he has been the owner of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune. In April 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported him to be one of the highest-paid CEOs for 2015. As of November 2016, Soon-Shiong was estimated by Forbes as having a net worth of US$9 billion, ranking him #47 among US billionaires. As of December 2016, he has 92 US and 138 international patents.
                  • Age: 71
                  • Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                    Patrice Motsepe

                    Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe (born 28 January 1962) is a South African mining businessman and billionaire. He is the founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum. He sits on several company boards, including being the non-executive chairman of Harmony Gold, the world’s 12th largest gold mining company, and the deputy chairman of Sanlam. In 2012, Motsepe was named South Africa’s richest man, topping the Sunday Times’ annual Rich List with an estimated fortune of R20.07 billion ($1 billion).In 2003, he became the owner of football club Mamelodi Sundowns.In 2013, he joined The Giving Pledge, committing to give half of his wealth to charitable causes.
                    • Age: 61
                    • Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
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