10 Julian Roberts CEO of Old Mutual – his father played ruby for Newport in Wales and he studied for his BA degree at the University of Stirling. He qualified as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1983. He became CEO of Old Mutual in September 2008 and prior to that was Group Finance Director Sun Life & provincial Holdings plc.
9 Sizwe Nxasana CEO of First Rand Limited - he was one of the first 10 black chartered accountants in South Africa after first opting to do a marketing degree, but later switching courses after being inspired by Chartered Accountant Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu. Before moving to First Rand, he was CEO of Telkom SA where he was responsible for flotation on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
8 Ben Kruger and Sim Tshabalala of Standard Bank Group - they were appointed joint CEOs of the Group in March 2013. Kruger joined the group in 1985 and has held a variety of role becoming deputy chief executive in 1998 and Tshabalala joined the group in 2000 in the project finance division. From 2001 to 2006 he was Managing Drector of Stanbic Africa.
7 Koos Bekker CEO of Naspers – Media mogul Bekker has headed the multinational media company for 11 years but is due to step down from the position this month. The South African, self-made billionaire is responsible for transforming the former print publisher into the eighth largest media company in world. He is to spend a year travelling to source new ideas before returning next year as chairman of Cape Town-based company.
6 David Edward Constable, CEO of Sasol Ltd – The Canadian born in 1961 has held the position since July 1 2011. His remuneration package caught media attention last year when it was reported he had received a 66 percent pay increase to match his salary increase with those of comparable global resource companies taking his total package to R53.7 million.
5 Sifiso Dabengwa, CEO MTN Group – For the second year running Dabengwa has topped the list of the highest paid CEO in telecoms and technology in Africa. He is reported to have taken home R22.528 million for the 2012/13 financial year. Prior to joining MTN he was an executive director for state power utility Eskom.
4 Johann Rupert CEO of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA - This 63-year-old South African is the son of business tycoon Anton Rupert. Johann founded the company, which sells top of the range jewellery, watches, leather goods clothing and accessories, in 1988. Today it is the sixth largest corporation by market capitalisation in the Swiss Market Index and the third largest luxury goods company in the world.
3 Mark Cutifani CEO of Anglo American - he is an Australian businessman who was born on May 2 1958. He was formerly CEO of South African gold mining company. He was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti in 2007 as CEO, where he was responsible for mining and marketing more than 25 commodities across six countries. He left the company in March 2012 to take up his current position at Anglo American.
2 Alan Clark CEO of SABMiller - he was appointed CEO in April 2013. He joined the South African Breweries Ltd in 1990 as Training and Development Manager. He has since held a number of senior positions in the group including Chief Operating Officer, SABMiller plc Managing Director and chariman for Appletiser South Africa. He holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree from the University of South Africa.
1 Marius Kloppers CEO of BHP Billiton – the 51-year-old born in South Africa he studied chemical engineering at the University of Pretoria. He has an MBA from INSEAD and completed his Doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He Joined BHP, the world’s largest mining company, in 1993 and became CEO in 2007. He was responsible for initiating a takeover bid for rival mining giant Rio Tinto which failed.
However, the company which posted a $22.5 billion profit last year produces resources like aluminium, coal, nickel, iron ore, gas, oil, copper and uranium from mines and facilities located on six continents.
Kloppers previously worked in petrochemicals at Sasol and materials research with Mintek In South Africa. He was also with management consultants McKinsey & Co in the Netherlands before joining Billiton in 1993.