There is a new wave of millionaires and billionaires who are emerging across the African continent and they are all women. Among those scaling up the female billionaires’ club of Africa is; Bonisile Roberts.
These ladies all represent a change happening in Africa, as women have begun dominating board rooms and starting multi-million dollar businesses.
From oil to fashion to media, the following women have raised the bar when it comes to success in Africa.
The story of Roberts triggers more than a passing interest, and maybe even a smile.
Rising through the ranks of being a consultant for Agilitee in 2018 to the current CEO of Agilitee Africa.
Agilitee Africa is the continent’s first Electric Vehicles Manufacturer, AI and Green Tech Company, and Agilitee’s first female Billionaire.
The firm is currently cooking up a Johannesburg Stock Exchange IPO which is marked as the first EV, AI and Green Tech IPO in Africa, the IPO values Agilitee at $20 billion and this has bumped up Bonisile Robert’s net worth to $1,2 billion which makes her one of the richest women in Africa, in the same league with Angola’s Isabel Dos Santos.
She is now the second-largest individual shareholder of Agilitee and joins other female billionaires that include, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, Julia Koch, Alice Walton, Jacqueline Mars, and Gina Rinehart, Miriam Adelson, Abigail Johnson among others.
Last year the green tech firm, Agilitee, was qualified as one of South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Companies, making it to the scoreboard with other top empowerment brands in the country.
After a few years since its founding, the company qualified for the listing endorsed by Standard Bank Group with support from South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality.
The Top Women Leaders 17th edition is South Africa’s leading gender empowerment brand celebrating public and private sector organizations for prioritizing empowerment as an integral part of their business strategies.
The listing came after months of rigorous research and benchmarking.
The criterion used for qualification includes several variables which are: – 20% of female ownership, shareholding, or partnership, 20% female executive directors, 30% female employees, 10% female senior management, female-empowerment company policies, and women-focused skills development.
Agilitee as a result got a Top Women Leaders Certificate & Badge that can be used on its online platforms including its website, social media, and email signature.
The company is pioneering research, importing, manufacturing, and franchising, licensing electric vehicle and ecosystems technology.