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Many More Billionaires in Africa Than You Might Expect

A new study reveals there are 55 billionaires spread across 10 countries. “The richest man in Africa is cement, sugar and flour tycoon Aliko Dangote. The Nigerian is worth $20.2bn. This figure is slightly up on Forbes’ estimation of $16.1bn for his wealth as of March this year. In second place, South African financier Allan Gray holds assets worth at least $8.5bn. Third on the list, Nigerian Mike Adenuga, with operations in the oil and telecoms industries, has an estimated fortune of $8bn. Africa’s wealthiest woman, Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, is worth $7.3bn.” (Telegraph

Five Million Syrian Refugees By 2015

The refugee crisis is getting worse and with no end in sight. “The United Nations expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country, according to a U.N. document obtained by Reuters on Monday. More than 2 million people have left the country since fighting between rebels and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad broke out in March of 2011. The flood of refugees has caused headaches for countries that want to extend a welcoming hand to Syrians but say that they are overwhelmed with the effects of so many new people living in their towns and cities and that they are worried that radicals are among those coming in.” (Al Jazeera