Richest Men In Uganda

Uganda is an African country located in East-Central Africa with men and women making their living massively within the country. This article is aimed at bringing to you the top richest men in Uganda.

Known worldwide for its manufacture and exportation of materials such as fish, maize, sugar, cement, hides and skin, coffee, cocoa, beans, and many others, Uganda prides itself on a thriving economy which makes it compete with other Rican countries. 

Obviously, Uganda is really booming forward, as there emerges successful personnels in different sectors of the country who emerges as the top richest in music, top richest in football, top richest in comedy, etc.

In 2015, the economy of the country experienced a massive boost due to the exportation of its product.

Along with the exportation of materials, Uganda has over the years experienced steady growth in her economy especially in crude oil and natural gas. 

Agriculture on the other side has contributed immensely also to the growth of Uganda’s economy.

Although one of the wealthy and developing African countries, Uganda has over the years produced many millionaires and billionaires. 

Some of these wealthy personalities from Uganda have even made it to Forbes’s list of wealthiest persons in the world, which proves that Uganda has improved in its economy, to the extent of competing and surpassing other African countries. 

The per capita income in Uganda in 1999 was approximately US$650 annually.

In 2013, an estimated 19.5 percent of the 35 million Ugandans lived on less than US$1.00 per day. 

It has become a known fact that Uganda is one of, if not the richest East African country in African as a result of the tremendous success it has recorded over the years, in its economy.

With the influx of some of the top richest personalities that emanate from Uganda, this article has set out to provide you with the list of the top ten richest men in Uganda, according to their net worth. 

Top 10 Richest Men In Uganda 2021

RankRichest Men In Uganda 2021Estimated Net Worth
#1Sudhir Ruparelia$1.2 Billion
#2Karim Hijri$800 Million
#3Alykhan Kharmali$700 Million
#4Mohammed Hamid$400 Million
#5Charles Mbire$400 million
#6Sikander Lalani$300 Million
#7Aaron M. Mukooza$200 Million
#8Gordon Wavamunno$100 Million
#9Patrick Bitature$100 million 
#10Mukesh Shukla$100 Million

10. Mukesh Shukla – $100 Million

Mukesh was born in Arua, Arua District in 1962.

He has established companies organized under the Shumuk Group.

Some of the businesses include a money lending business, a milk processing plant, a foreign exchange bureau, and many others.

Mukesh Shukla is also a politician and had contested in  2016  for the position of chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement against incumbent Hassan Bassajjabalaba.

Mukesh is believed to have amassed wealth from his various companies. 

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9. Patrick Bitature — $100 million 

Richest Men In Uganda - Patrick Bitature
Patrick Bitature

Patrick Bitature is our number nine pick among the richest men in Uganda.

The brain behind the progress and success of one of Uganda’s largest telecommunication companies, Simba Telecom, Patrick’s wealth has accumulated over the years through Uganda’s largest MTN airtime seller, Simba Telecom. 

Apart from telecommunications, Simba Telecom has also invested in other sectors including media, real estate, energy generation, mining, travel, etc.

Patrick Bitature is also the founder and CEO of Protea Hotels in EAST Africa, he is considered one of the richest men in Uganda according to Forbes. 

8. Gordon Wavamunno – $100 Million

Like many other business tycoons in the country, Gordon has invested in numerous companies including Wavah Water Limited, GM Tumpeco Limited, Wavah FM, and many others.

In 2013 he was made a Knight of the Order of St. John.

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Makerere University.

His philanthropic lifestyle has been evident in the country, as he has donated numerous materials to various clubs and organizations in the country.

7. Aaron M. Mukooza – $200 Million

Aaron Mukooza, one of Uganda’s richest entrepreneurs.

More to that, he is regarded as an investor with his investments in sectors such as the media and banking sectors.

Aaron Mukooza currently sits on a staggering net worth of $200 Million, which earns him a spot among the richest men in Uganda. 

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6. Sikander Lalani – $300 Million

Sikander happens to be one of the oldest Ugandan entrepreneurs.

He is the founder of Roofing Groups and was born on October 4, 1944, in Uganda. 

Sikander is not only an industrialist, but he is also a pathologist who started as a dealer in a retail electronics store that specialized in the purchase and sales of Philips Brand IN Kigali.

He was also a distributor of tyres in Rwanda. 

For 20 years now, since its inception, Sikander has established the steel-manufacturing group of companies in Nigeria which comprises three distinct factories. 

5. Charles Mbire – $400 million 

Richest Men In Uganda - Charles Mbire
Charles Mbire

Charles Mbire is one of Uganda’s richest native.

Like many of Uganda’s richest men of foreign roots, Charles Mbire who is An entrepreneur and investor was born in 1959 in Mparo, Rukiga District.

Mbire is a co-owner and board member of numerous Uganda companies, including MTN Communication Uganda Limited, Afro Alpine Pharma Limited, Polino Holdings Limited, Bomi Holdings Limited, and a host of others. 

Among the table posts Charles held, he was chairman of the Uganda Securities Exchange in 2010, a member of the Presidential Investor Roundtable, which includes an elite group of businesspeople advising the President of Uganda on how to best improve the competitiveness and business conditions of the country. 

His investments have spanned a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, energy, real estate, agribusiness, telecommunications, and finance.

Another interesting fact is that Charles Mbire didn’t actually get off to a good start and his story has always served as a form of motivation and inspiration for aspiring business people and women

4. Mohammed Hamid – $400 Million

Mohammed Hamid is regarded as one of the richest young millionaires in Uganda, who rose to the class of the richest personalities at a young age.

As a Ugandan business tycoon and investor, he has made huge investments in sectors such as real estate, manufacturing, transportation, and many others.

He is currently the chairman and the major shareholder of the Aya Group of companies. 

Mohammed Hamid was born in 1976 and was the second richest African under 40 after Mohammed Dewji, a Tanzanian.

He worked with his older brother in the early 1990s until he started his first company called Pan Afric Commodities, which is also a commodities trading company.

He then acquired one of Sudhir Ruparelia’s milling machines from Premiere Mills.

He is not only an active businessman and entrepreneur but also a philanthropist, which is supported by the enormous monetary and material donations that he has made in this context.

With the speed at which his fortune grows, he may well move out of fourth place in the years to come.

3. Alykhan Kharmali – $700 Million

Alykhan Kharmaji is another prominent industrialist who founded the Mukwano Group of Companies.

He has major investments in manufacturing and banking and had served as a non-executive director of Exim Bank, a commercial Bank in Uganda. 

During his tenure as the non-executive director of Exim Bank, Alykhan has helped the company to maintain an impressive 36.5% share gilding. 

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2. Karim Hijri – $800 Million

Karim Hijri is generally seen In Uganda as the driving force behind the Dembe Group of Companies.

He is a business magnate who has been venturing into textile and alcoholic beverages trading from a shop in Luwum Street, Kampala which later gave birth to Dembe Enterprise before expanding into what is currently known as Dembe Group of Companies. 

Dembe Group comprises an automobile dealership, an amusement park, a radio station (Dembe FM), finance and insurance companies, hotels, etc.

His net worth amounts to $800 million, making him the second richest man in Uganda. 

1. Sudhir Ruparelia – $1.2 Billion

The Richest Man In Uganda - Sudhir Ruparelia
Sudhir Ruparelia

Ranking number one on the top ten list of richest men in Uganda is the founder, CEO, and major shareholder of Ruparelias Group of Companies, Sudhir Ruparelias. 

He also has interests in other sectors of the Ugandan economy such as insurance, broadcasting, real estate, education, floriculture, banking, hotels, and resorts. 

Ruparelia was presented with an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Nepal to Uganda, by Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the president of Nepal in 2020.

Richest Men In Uganda (Summary) 

Indeed Uganda as a part of East-Central Africa is thriving in its economy.

The ten richest men presented in this article have had their share in the progress of the Ugandan economy. 

Here is a recap of the richest men in Uganda. 

  1. Sudhir Ruparelia
  2. Karim Hijri
  3. Alykhan Kharmali
  4. Mohammed Hamid
  5. Charles Mbire
  6. Sikander Lalani
  7. Aaron M. Mukooza
  8. Gordon Wavamunno
  9. Patrick Bitature
  10. Mukesh Shukla

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