After 6 yrs on top, Lakshmi Mittal drops out of SA rich list

Johannesburg: Dec 18; NRI steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, who had topped South Africa's richest list of 100 businessmen for six consecutive years, has been left out this year due to plummeting share price of ArcelorMittal SA amid the global drop in steel prices.

Mittal started dropping down on the annual list of South Africa's richest businessmen three years ago, after being ranked on top from 2006 to 2011.

In 2012, Mittal was ranked third in the annual Sunday Times Rich List and a year later, he was at the 9th position.

He was ranked at number 13 in South Africa last year and this year, he is no where on the list, which has been topped by well-known businessman Christo Wiese whose total investment has been put at 104 billion rands (over USD 6.8 billion) in 8 companies.

Mittal's wealth dropped substantially with the ArcelorMittal SA share price having plummeted in the past two years amid the global drop in steel prices.

Although not a resident of South Africa, Mittal has been included in the list because of his shareholding in ArcelorMittal SA, the steel giant born out of Mittal's takeover of former state-owned monopoly Iscor just over a decade ago.

The Rich List is based on an analysis of holdings of all companies listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.

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