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Zimbabwe’s Rich List 2013

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Reverse side of the defunct ten cent coin featuring the Zimbabwe Bird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Strive Masiyiwa is the only civilian on zimdev’s Zimbabwe 2013 rich list. He makes it onto the list that is dominated by the politicians. With wealth from diamond mining and gold mining, the ordinary business person cannot really compete.  In a few years, they will have legitimized their riches and will no longer be politicians and will spend and flaunt their money much to our displeasure. So we might as well concede that they are the richest people in Zimbabwe. We could also add a few other civilians, but we still don’t know how much anyone else is worth. It is difficult to tell how much the politicians are actually worth either so we cannot give a more detailed list. A thought crossed my mind, maybe in the future we shall have church pastors on the list.

So Zimbabwe’s rich list gets the most hits on this blog! This is simply because people always want to know how much money the next person has. There are many who claim to have money and businesses and investments and so on, but let me break it to you, having an office in London does not mean that you have made it.  In fact a company can be registered online in the UK, so having a company in the UK doesn’t really prove anything. Having a business does not mean that you have money, how many of these businesses are still surviving after five years? It is quite hilarious that a guy who owns a piggery in Zimbabwe thinks he can make it onto the rich list. Can one really make millions out of pig farming? No offense, but how many pigs must you slaughter in a year to make a million dollars. I guess I’m not being very objective, the guy maybe has a  very shrewd investment banker who takes his piggery money and makes it into some really big cash. But the long and the short of that story is if you make your millions from piggery, you are definitely ‘filthy rich’, pardon the pun. To get onto the rich list, one must be making millions and one million dollars is a bit of money.

In typical African fashion we judge people’s wealth by the car they drive and by the house they live in or the properties they own. Empires have been seen crumbling over night in Zimbabwe and those properties disposed of one at a time. Don’t believe everything you hear and don’t believe the hype. Things are not always as they seem, especially in the debt ridden world we live in today.  Real wealth will speak for itself. As in the case of Strive Masiyiwa, when you excel at something, people notice, the world will notice and the world will give you a stage. The times and the Forbes will take notice and quickly enough, the world will know that you have arrived. Maybe the reason we do not know the worth of some of these people is because it is not worth that much interest.

Unfortunately, Masiyiwa did not make it into Forbes Africa 2012 Rich list because his fortune was not worth the required $400 million required to make it into the 2012 list. Masiyiwa is estimated as being worth 350 million and his wealth increased from $280 million in 2011. This puts everything in context. Without any figures backing up anyone’s wealth, we can only conclude that Strive Masiyiwa is the Richest man in Zimbabwe or maybe the richest black man from Zimbabwe. Maybe someone else is worth more than $350 million and they have managed to hide under the Forbes radar.

There are many up and coming Zimbos who may not be reaching the Forbes lists type of wealth, but they will soon make it. The average age of the tycoons on the Forbes Africa list was 63, so many still have a good chance of making it. So if you are one of those, wait patiently, when universities start offering you honorary degrees because of your success, we will all hear about it, there will be no need to blow a trumpet. When your fortunes grow to alarming multimillion dollar levels, the world will notice. You cannot really hide a million dollars under your pillow. Which makes me wonder, where are the politicians hiding their millions? China, Asia? Who knows.

So where is the 2013 list? If you made it this far you’ve probably realized that THERE IS NO LIST! Its Strive Masiyiwa and the Politicians. But never mind, don’t worry about other people’s money, think about making your own!

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  1. January 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

    • elliot maurukira
      September 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

      hw much did mr masiiwa owns.

  2. January 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  3. Mduduzi sibanda
    June 3, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I wish all the best to our business people in Zimbabwe so that we can learn more from them.

  4. Alvin Chihombori
    August 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    We did a survey in South Africa and can confirm that there are Zimbos doing great staff without blowing their horns . Mining and telecoms seem to be the highest cash earners. A lot of Zimbos can actually cut it into South’s top 100 rich list . James Makamba , Mutumwa Mawere , Strive Masiyiwa , Owen Machona have all made the billion rand mark. Some of them have fallen prey to jealousy South African brothers. Mutumwa Mawere and Owen Machona were locked up for illegal mining , these cases were dropped after each one of them paid R500 000,00 for bail. Owen Machona found police waiting for him at Lanseria airport when news reached The Hawks that there is a Zimbo that paid US$2,5m cash for a Gulfstream 111 private jet.

    • August 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you. There are many Zimbos especially in the diaspora doing some awesome stuff and raising the flag for Zim.

  5. August 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    it isnt wat l expected you knw think u should get this right

  6. August 19, 2013 at 6:37 am

    how did you do it to be on top boss

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      @ Nesbit, the top is an elusive place. Does anyone ever get there. We are still trying to just work out one day after another.

  7. October 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Its an inspiration to see that it is possible to be a good financial role model with a good back ground

  8. Patrick
    October 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm


  9. Manatsa TM
    October 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    These farms acquired are making them rich

  10. Chiedza
    November 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I think you are too lazy to do your research. Quite disappointed with your article. Get pro next time!!

  11. December 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

    can u show the list and there weth

  12. December 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I thank u

  13. February 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I am not sure where you’re getting yoiur info, but good
    topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking ffor this
    info for my mission.

  14. February 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d like to find out some additional information.

  15. Tinashe
    February 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Wewant the list not the stories pliz hanty

  16. February 22, 2014 at 1:47 am

    wel dne job

  17. Malinco b
    March 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

    chiyangwa iz very young in terms of cash.thani boss Masiwa.chiyangwa iz the flamboene guy not cash baron.

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