South Africa's richest man: 4 Facts about Nicky Oppenheimer, aka the 'Diamond boss'

South Africa's richest man: 4 Facts about Nicky Oppenheimer, aka the 'Diamond boss'

With an estimated net worth of $7.7 billion, which is roughly R91 billion, Nicky Oppenheimer is the wealthiest man in South Africa.

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For those who are not aware of the diamond boss, he is the man the EFF's Juju talks about when 'white monopoly' comes up.

Oppenheimer used to be the Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited before stepping down in 2012, just to name one of the positions he held in his career.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at five interesting facts about the 72-year-old diamond mogul.

1. He started his career at Anglo American Corporation

The richest man in SA started his career at the mining company in 1968. He was promoted to director in 1974, before becoming the deputy chairman in 1983.

2. He could splash huge amounts of money daily without breaking bank

According to BusinessTech in 2014, Oppenheimer could splash $1 million, not R1 million rand, a day for 18-years without using up all his money.

3. He knows the Guptas

For years the Oppenheimer's aviation company, Fireblade, attempted to build a luxury terminal at airports.

Rich people would be using the terminal to get throw customs quickly while getting parking space for their private jets.

He was discussing the idea with home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba and it seemed to be going great, until the greedy Guptas came along.

They wanted a piece of the pie, which ultimately led to the idea never happening, and now the candy crush minister is denying everything.

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4. South Africa is his home

The billionaire could have gone and stayed anywhere in the world but he chose to reside, even after he retired.

Oppenheimer even believes Africa has what it takes to be a great continent, without help from the other countries.

“Because I am an African I reserve the right to say that Africa does not exist simply to make people in the UK, or anywhere else in the developed world, feel good about themselves.”, he was quoted saying.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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