Meet the billionaire behind Capitec Bank and most profitable businesses in SA

Meet the billionaire behind Capitec Bank and most profitable businesses in SA

It's no secret that South Africa is the most developed economy and the second-largest economy after Nigeria on the African continent. In this article, we identify the five largest companies in South Africa and who owns them.

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In 2019, the Sunday Times released its list of Top 100 companies in South Africa.

Capitec was crowned the top company based on its share performance on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) over the past five years.

Arena Events reported that Gerrie Fourie, Capitec CEO, won Business Leader of the Year at the event too.

1. Capitec Bank Holdings

Capitec Bank South Africa was founded in 2001 and trades on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The bank targets emerging middle-class people in the country.

In July, reported that Capitec Bank had been ranked South Africa's "Best Bank" for the second consecutive year. This is after a survey by the media group, Forbes.

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Capitec Bank has gone from a small micro-lending company to South Africa's top bank. Image: Sipho Maluka/Sunday Sun/Gallo Images
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2. Transaction Capital

The CEO of Transaction Capital, David Hurwitz, wrote in a letter online that Transaction Capital was founded by Jonathan Jawno, Michael Mendelowitz and Roberto Rossi in 2007.

Transaction Capital Limited is an investment management company and serves clients worldwide.

3. Clicks Group

Clicks is a South African pharmacy, health and beauty retailer. The group boasts more than 740 stores and over 580 in-store pharmacies.

Founded by Jack Goldin in 1968, the first store opened its doors in St George's Street in Cape Town on 6 August that year. Although Jack initially wanted to open a pharmacy, his dream was only realised 35 years later.

According to the group's corporate website, "Clicks Group is a retail-led healthcare group which has been listed on the JSE Limited since 1996."

4. Equites Property Fund

Business Day Live reported in October that Equites Property Fund is the "listed industrial logistics specialist landlord on the JSE."

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The company provides space to multinationals that are prepared to sign leases for 10, 15 and 20 years

Equites Property Fund owns R16 billion in properties spread across SA and the UK.

The company listed on the JSE on 18 June 2014 with a portfolio value of R1 billion.

5. Naspers

Naspers is a global internet group and one of the largest tech investors in the world.

It owns a sizeable investment in Prosus, a global consumer internet group, Media24, a media group and, an e-commerce retailer.

Naspers is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange.

According to, Naspers was founded as Die Nasionale Pers (Afrikaans for “The National Press”) on 12 May, 1915.

The history of Capitec Bank and its forward-thinking owner


In 2001, Michiel Le Roux founded Capitec Bank. Le Roux controls about 11% of the stakes.

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Life before Capitec Bank:

Michiel ran Boland Bank, which is a small regional bank in Cape Town's hinterland, before he decided to start his institution.

Le Roux served as the chairman of the board from 2007 to 2016 and has been an active board member since then.

According to a Forbes report, Michiel Le Roux's nett worth as of 11 November stood at $1.1 billion.

Capitec first started as a small micro-lending financial services company but has since grown into a bank that, in January 2019, allegedly signed 266 000 new client accounts.

Capitec advertising, innovation and value-added services win South Africans over

Capitec Bank was established at a time when banking in South Africa was facing enormous challenges.

During this era, Saambou Bank, a leading financial institution, collapsed and went bankrupt, making many people hesitant to engage in financial institutions.

The bank's four fundamentals; simplicity, value for money, accessibility and client experience, is what sets it apart from its competitors and made it a viable competitor in the South African banking industry.

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In a report by, it was stated that "everything back-office or admin-related is done digitally and managed by a central team who assists every one of the 840 branches nationwide."

Capitec's great value-for-money banking products, client-geared approach and innovative advertising have caught the attention of many South Africans.

The bank has come a long way since its first-ever advert titled Matchbox:

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In traditional marketing, it's virtually impossible to track your leads (that is unless you're keen to ask every single consumer who visits your business). However, with digital advertising, you can accurately track your leads.

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Digital advertising is a great tool that levels the playing field between large and small businesses.
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We analyse our content in real-time to make data-driven decisions, thus ensuring our audience's reading preferences are always met.

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