Forbes magazine recently published their list of Africa’s 40 Richest people with Nigerian cement manufacture Aliko Dangote in number one spot with an estimate fortune of $10.1 billion. Read the full article here.
In a continent where socio-economic inequalities are often all too clear, does it matter which individuals have the largest amount of personal wealth? Or does the identity and background of these individuals tell us some important things about the nature of ‘African capitalism’? What do these individuals tell us about the role of many African governments whose aim should surely be the redistribution of national wealth to the country’s poorest citizens?