Top 10 Richest Women In South Africa 2020

List of richest women in South Africa presently. South Africa is a country located in the southern area of Africa. South Africa has about 58 million citizens which makes it the 24th most populous country in the world. South Africa has a land area of 471,445 square miles. Moreover, this country has mixed economy. Its economy is the second largest in Africa after Nigeria.

There is a popular saying which goes thus- ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’. This statement is so true as we have a lot of opulent and wealthy women all around the world. These are women who can even afford more than what most men out there can. As we have rich men all around the world, we do have rich women too.

Some of the richest women in the world are Bettencourt Meyers, Alice Walton, Jacquelin Mars, Yang Huiyan and Sussane Klaten.  There are affluent women in Africa too. Some of them are Folorunsho Alakija, Isabelle Dos Santos, Ngina Kenyatta, Haija Bola, Wendy Appelbaum and Tiwa Savage. Moreover, in this article, only the richest women in South Africa will be examined. Read the below piece to know about the richest women in South Africa.

Top 10 Richest Women In South Africa 2020

  • 1. Wendy Appelbaum

Wendy Appelbaum is currently the richest women in South Africa. She is the owner of DeMorgenzon, a popular wine farm in South Africa. Apart from her being a owner of a profitable wine estate, she has also worked in several industries.

Some of these industries are Liberty Investors LTD where she worked as a deputy and Connection Group Holdings LTD where she also worked as a deputy chairman. Wendy Appelbaum is also known in South Africa as a great philanthropist. She has built several clinics throughout South Africa to ensure the well-being of the citizens.

Wendy Appelbaum

Wendy Appelbaum has two sons. The first son, Nicholas is a surgeon while the last born is a banker in Johannesburg.  Wendy is also known as a supporter of feminist activities in South Africa. Wendy Appelbaum has a total net worth of R2.6 billion.

Wendy Ackerman
  • 2. Wendy Ackerman

Wendy Ackerman is one of the founders and an Executive Director of Pick n Pay Stores. Together with her spouse Raymond Ackerman she helped develop one of South Africa’s best FMCG retailers, comprising of more than 450 stores including 121 general stores and 14 hypermarkets.

The company’s operations deals with food retail, clothing, and also financial services. The organization works all through South Africa, southern Africa and Australia. Besides, Pick N Pay recruits about 49,000 workers. Today, a lot of Wendy’s unlimited vitality is committed to her family’s humanitarian works and her own concern for the oppressed.  Wendy Ackerman is the second richest women in South Africa with a net worth of R1.9 billion.

Irene Charnley
  • 3. Irene Charnley

Irene Charnley is a rich South African woman that was born on May 6 1960. Irene has worked with several companies as an executive director. Charnley first positively influenced the African business network as a mediator for South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers where she spent 13 years co-ordinating different divisions of association operations.

She proceeded to turn into an official chief for the MTN Group, which is Africa’s biggest broadcast communications company. Under her initiative a few African and Middle Eastern nations (including Nigeria and Iran) were initiated into the MTN network. Charnley was the behind the establishing of the National Empowerment Consortium. Irene Charnley has a net worth R1.5 billion.

Bridgette Radete
  • 4. Bridgette Radete

Bridgette Radete was born on 26th February, 1960. She is the elder sister to Patrice Motsepe, who is also a billionaire in South Africa. She studied in University of Botswana and has three children. Bridgette Radete started her career as a common miner in 1980s. She worked with Mmakau mining which was a mining industry which deals with chrome, platinum and gold.

Bridgette Radebe is the president of South African Mining Development Association. Besides, she also belongs to the New African Mining Funds and Sappi Board. Bridgette was awarded the title of ‘International Buisnessperson of the Year’ by the Global Foundation for Democracy. Bridgette Radebe has a net worth of R1 billion.

Sharon Wapnick
  • 5. Sharon Wapnick

Sharon’s father, Alec Wapnick, established Octodec Investments and Premium Properties, both Real Estate Investment Trust organizations. In 2014, the two organizations converged to become Octodec. Sharon is perhaps the biggest investor in the organization. She also works as a patner at TWB Attorneys, a business law office in Johannesburg. Sharon Wapnick has a total net worth of R433 million.

  • 6. Elisabeth Bradley

Elisabeth Bradley works for several organizations, executives, officials and investors. She represents them in multitudinous litigation issues, mainly in the Delaware Court of Chancery. She is known for her smart and effective examination, having a wide involvement with Delaware corporate law and strategy to create systems to address client’s legitimate needs.

Among different issues, Elisabeth has helped customers make cases and guards regarding progression and repayment requests, books and records requests, corporate administration problems and reimbursement issues. Elisabeth remains one of the richest South African women with a net worth of R332 million.

  • 7. Judy Dlamini

Judy Dlamini was born on July 10, 1959. She a successful South African business woman and also works as the chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand which is located in Johannesburg. Judy Dlamini has a net worth of R124 million.

  • 8. Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube is a business woman who has worked with about seven companies.  For now, She works as the CEO of Mjoli Development Co Pty LTD. She also serves as a board member for companies such as Pioneer Food Group LTD, Kanagadi Manganese LTD and Zeder Investment LTD. Mjoli-Mncube has a net worth of R94 million.

  • 9. Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele is a popular politician and was also an activist during apartheid. She also works as a business woman and a medical practitioner. For now, she is one of the richest women in South Africa with a net worth of R55 million.

  • 10. Christine Ramon

Christine Ramon is presently the executive director of Anglo Gold Ashanti LTD. She was awarded the title of ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2007 by the world economic forum. Currently, Christine Ramon has a net worth of R49 million.


Closing on the richest women in South Africa, a lot of people still have the old belief that women can’t be at the fore front or can’t be extraordinarily successful. Well, the list above is enough to convince you that now, women work harder and they show their full potential to be at the top. Although, there are a lot of rich women in the South Africa, moreover, the richest ones have been listed above.


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