Bridgette Radebe paved the way for women in the South African mining industry, but she had to work hard to get where she is today.
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Bridgette Radebe managed to make a success of herself in an industry which is dominated by men- and her hard work landed her a spot on the list of top five wealthiest women in South Africa.
In honour of her success, Briefly.co.za decided to take a closer look at the wife of Jeff Radebe by gathering four quick facts about her life and career.
1. Early life
The 58-year-old mining magnate was born on 26 February 1960 in South Africa.
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2. Famous family
Radebe is the older sister of billionaire Patrice Motsepe and Tshepo Motsepe Ramaphosa, the wife of the South African head of state.
Like his sister, Patrice also made his billions in the mining industry. He is the founder and CEO of African Rainbow Minerals.
Apart from being SA's first lady, Tshepo is also a qualified doctor, having completed her MBChB degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ramaphosa's wife went on to graduate in several other higher education qualifications as well after obtaining her medical degree.
Apart from having the president of SA as her brother-in-law and two famous siblings, Radebe is also married to a notable man.
She is the wife of Jeff Radebe, who has acted as the South African Minister of Energy since 26 February 2018.
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3. A successful career
Today, Radebe is one of the most successful women in the country. But, she had to start out at the bottom and work her way up.
According to Wikipedia, Ramaphosa's sister-in-law worked as a common miner in 1980 before she founded Mmakau Mining.
Apart from being the CEO of her own mining company, Radebe acts as the head of the South African Mining Development Association and she is also a member on the New Africa Mining Fund.
4. Impressive Net worth
By looking at her successes, it is evident Radebe is one wealthy woman. According to a 2017 report by IOL, Radebe's estimated Net worth is around R1 billion- making her one of the five richest women in South Africa.
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