Thursday, March 09, 2006

Where are the African Billionaires?

Africa is the cradle of civilization. The truth is given the mess in the continent at the moment; it is getting tough to state this with conviction. Historically, Africans have had some head starts over humans on other continents, another seemingly false but true statement, which this excerpt from National Geographic archives confirms:
"[Africa] is the place where the evolutionary lines of apes and protohumans diverged…It is the only continent our ancestors inhabited until around two million years ago, when Homo erectus expanded out of Africa into Europe and Asia…Europe's became the Neanderthals, Asia's remained Homo erectus, but Africa's evolved into our own species, Homo sapiens.”- National Geographic
In addition, based its extensive natural resources, Africa is the richest continent on earth, and there is no other continent as deeply blessed.

In keeping with its annual tradition, the Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of richest people in the world- the billionaire list.

There are 793 people on the list, up 102 from last year and worth a combined $2.6 trillion, up 18 percent since last March. Their average net worth: $3.3 billion.

Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world. The US has 44 newer billionaires, India 10, Russia 7, and China 6. Seventy-eight women make the list. 10 more than last year, though only 6 are self-made. Hind Hariri, daughter of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is the youngest member at 22.

Ex cetera.

There isn’t a single self-made African among the list, not even among the 102 newer additions!

Given the aforementioned “qualifications”; it is odd that Africa is the only continent not represented on the list.

NOTE: Readers are free to draw their conclusions.