If you believed issues had been economically dire in South Africa, believe once more. According to researchers from Who Owns Whom, the quantity of billionaires in South Africa practically doubled from 2009 to 2010. The nation now has 31 billionaires to its name and several alot more clamouring at the doors to the exclusive club.Study on to locate out who's who amongst South Africa's home business elite.According to timeslive.co.za, Who Own Whom makes use of only knowledge that is publically on the market and only looks at material from disclosed JSE-listed providers. Offered that most businessmen and girls have a assortment of interests, we can take it for granted that a number of of these on the list are in truth wealthier than it appears.• The richest individual in South Africa is Lashki Mittal, who owns ArcelorMittal SA. He is not South African born, which appears a bit of a cheat, but his fortune cannot be denied; he's worth R21.five billion.• Patrice Motsepe is the richest South African but his recorded wealth of R19.9 billion fails to contain the lion's share of his investments, such as his share in Mamelodi Sundowns. Motsepe also tends to make the Forbes list of the richest folks in the globe, even though he's ranked a lowly 421 with a mere $2.3 billion.• Often fortunes are inherited. It cannot be denied that Nicky Oppenheimer is a very good businessman but nor can the truth that he inherited a fortune from his grandfather be overlooked. In purely JSE-listed terms, his shares in Anglo-American location his worth at R10.7 billion, but he also a substantial shares in De Beers and owns the biggest private game reserve in South Africa, so Forbes areas his worth at $five billion (154 in the globe), far more than twice that of Motsepe.Who Own Whom also looks at the highest revenue earners from the nation's parastatals. What is exciting about this year's figures (and is a sad reflection on our nation) is that seven of the prime 10 executive earners no longer operate at the parastatal that gave them their fortune, or they are about to leave. Additionally, scandal followed several of these th at vacated their seats.• For instance, Khaya Ngqula, who made use of to head up SAA, earned R13.7 million, such as a golden handshake of R9.35 million that lots of speculate was intended as an incentive for him to leave.• Geoffrey Qhena heads up the Industrial Development Corporation and his overall performance bonus pushed him up to R10.3 million. He nonetheless has his job and there appear to be no clouds on his horizon.• Maybe most controversially we have Jacob Maroga, who made use of to head up Eskom, but who left below a exceptionally dark cloud owing to gross mismanagement. Still, his salary of R5 million and portion of shares (awarded pre-mismanagement) placed him third on the prime earners list. As an aside, Maroga sued Eskom for unlawful dismissal, claiming the laughable quantity of R85 million. He claim has been denied.Whether or not you obtain there by difficult perform or family members fortune (or, Often, creating a total dog's breakfast of factors), the trick, according to each rich individual in the globe, is to hold onto your dollars. So even if your fortune runs only to ten figures, be intelligent with it and you could see it soar.