Famous Entrepreneurs from South Africa

List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in South Africa and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from South Africa is included when available.

This list features Elon Musk, Colin Cowie and more.

This historic entrepreneurs from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African entrepreneurs of note?" and "Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from South Africa?" These prominent entrepreneurs of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African entrepreneurs.

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  • Anthony Edward Rupert (4 October 1916 – 18 January 2006) was a South African well-respected Afrikaner billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist. He was born and raised in the small town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. He studied in Pretoria and ultimately moved to Stellenbosch, where he established the Rembrandt Group and where it still has its headquarters. He died in his sleep at his home in Thibault Street, Stellenbosch at the age of 89, and is survived by a son Johann, a daughter Hanneli and five grandchildren. His wife Huberte Goote and his youngest son, Anthonij, pre-deceased him.
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1916-2006)
    • Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
  • Roger Brett Kebble (19 February 1964 – 27 September 2005) was a South African mining magnate with close links to factions in the ruling political party, the African National Congress.Kebble was born in the mining town of Springs, on the East Rand. He matriculated from St. Andrew's School, Bloemfontein, in 1981, and then went on to the University of Cape Town, from where he graduated in 1986. His first job was as an articled clerk for Mallinicks, which has since merged with, and become part of, Webber Wentzel, in Cape Town in the late 1980s. He was involved in the sale by Anglo American of its JCI gold assets to Mzi Khumalo in 1995, but the partnership ended soon after. In August 2005 he ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1964-2005)
    • Birthplace: Springs, South Africa
  • Colin Cowie
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Colin Andrew Wilkie Cowie (born 3 January 1962) is an African-born American lifestyle guru, television personality, author, interior designer and party planner.
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Kitwe, Zambia
  • David Bale
    Photo: user uploaded image
    David Charles Howard Bale (2 September 1941 – 30 December 2003) was an English entrepreneur and an environmentalist animal rights activist. He was the father of actor Christian Bale and the husband of Gloria Steinem.
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1941-2003)
    • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Elon Reeve Musk (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder and co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People. He has a net worth of $19.4 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 40th-richest person in the world.Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen's University. He transferred to ...more
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Leonard Norman Stern (born March 28, 1938) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of the privately owned Hartz Group based in New York City. The company's real estate portfolio was owned and operated under its Hartz Mountain Industries subsidiary company, of which he is also chairman and CEO.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York