In honour of not only Women’s Day but also Women’s Month, we are bringing you the top five wealthiest women in South Africa and how they attained their wealth.
Wendy Appelbaum – Net-worth R2.6 Billion
In 2006, Appelbaum was awarded one of the leading female entrepreneurs in the world and in 2012 she was listed as one of the richest women in South Africa and across the continent.
Wendy along with her husband Hylton Appelbaum, are the owners of Chair De Morgenzen Wine Estate, which is ranked highly among the top Cape Town wine farms.
She loves charity and is a member of a number of charity organisations within South Africa. Her generosity is so overwhelming: at one point she donated R150 million to establish the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the Donald Gordon Medical Centre.
Wendy Ackerman – Net-worth R1.9 billion
Wendy Ackerman mainly made her money through the Ackerman Family Trust, which is the half owner of Pick ‘n Pay the biggest retail establishment in South Africa.
She is not just a woman bound to one title as she is also known as trustee, life governor and board member.
Ackerman is also known for her achievement and contribution to environmental conservation and has received awards like “Woman of the Year”, a Humanitarian Award, as well as a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Irene Charnley – Net-worth R1.5 billion
Charnley first made her mark co-ordinating the sub-units as South Africa’s National Union of Mine workers negotiator.
She currently holds many director positions at companies like Johnnic Communications Limited, Time Media Limited as well as MIH Limited and banked an award for businesswoman of the year.
Bridgette Radebe – Net-worth R1 billion
Bridgette Radebe, the older sister of the South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, was awarded International Business Person of the Year in 2008.
She holds top positions in a number of companies, but is mainly known for her position as founder and executive chairperson at Mmakau Mining Limited. She was last rated as having a net-worth of R1 billion.
Sharon Wapnick – Net-worth R443 million
Sharon Wapnick inherited her wealth from her father Alec Wapnick, who started the property management company City Property in 1968.
Wapnick is the Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director at both Premium Properties Limited and Octodec Investments Limited. – BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE