Most Influential South Africans In The World. South Africa is one of the countries that is facing a lot of social issues due to the inequality which then results in the lack of opportunities for people to grow and reach their highest potential. However some South Africans have managed to build their careers or business ventures and were able to climb the social ladder and become influential people not only in the country but all over the world. Below are some of the most influential South Africans in the world.
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer and songwriter. Coffee established his own record label Soulistic Music, released debut self-titled album Black Coffee, which incorporated elements of R&B and Jazz. Black Coffee holds a lot of influence within the music industry as he is regarded as one of the highest paid DJs in Africa. Black Coffee has recently won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his seventh studio record, Subconsciously – the first African to win this category.
Elon Reeve Musk FRS is an entrepreneur, investor, and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX; angel investor, CEO, and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and, co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. Musk was born to a Canadian mother and White South African father, and was raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada at age 17. Musk is known as the world’s richest person with an estimated net with of $273 billion, this status alongside his business ventures gained him the massive influence he has today.
Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002. Since becoming the host of the Daily Show, Noah’s career has grown tremendously as he now sells out arenas all over the world and he is invited to host some of the most prestigious events such as the Grammy Awards and the recent White House correspondents’ dinner.
Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress and producer. She is regarded as one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Patrick Soon-Shiong is a South African-Chinese-American transplant surgeon, billionaire businessman, bioscientist, and media proprietor. He is the inventor of the drug Abraxane, which became known for its efficacy against lung, breast, and pancreatic cancer. Soon-Shiong is regarded as the world’s richest doctor as he has an estimated net worth of $7 billion.