Like many other African countries, Ghana is an economy where many women struggle to become successful due social, political, religious, and biological barriers that stand between them and their dreams. Despite these hurdles, there are some women who have fought against the tide to feature among Ghana’s richest in 2017.
On this list we feature women who have worked their way to become to the richest women in Ghana in 2017. These affluent women have earned their wealth over a broad range of industries ranging from agriculture to trading commodities.
Find out the richest woman in Ghana from the comprehensive list below:
1. Patricia Poku-Diaby
Estimated net worth: $720 million
With a net worth of $720 million, Patricia Poku-Diaby not only ranks top among the richest women in Ghana, but is also the only woman among the top 10 richest in Ghana at position 8 overall.
Patricia Poku-Diaby started out in her family business which focused on trading and transportation before she ventured into cocoa processing with her newly founded company, Plot Enterprise Ghana.
She would later set up Plot Enterprise Group and venture into other West African markets including Ivory Coast with cocoa, cashew nuts, cotton, and wood products.
She also founded a commodities branch of her company, Plot Commodities, which is registered with the Dubai Metal and Commodities Center in the UAE and the Cocoa Merchants Association of America.
2. Theresa Oppong-Beeko
Estimated net worth: $420 Million
Real estate magnate, Theresa Oppong-Beko started her first business, a fishing startup, when she was only 25. While the company ended up leaving her with a debt of over $2.5 million, she went ahead to establish and become the president of Manet Group, a real estate company.
Manet Group has grown to be the second largest real estate developer in Ghana and has developed several properties in the residential and hospitality sector. It comprises of four subsidiaries namely; Manet Housing, Manet Construction, Manet Paradise, and Manet Towers.
Theresa Oppong-Beko owns massive properties in some of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Ghana. Through her companies, she owns 2,000 apartment units, a 48-room hotel, and the popular Manet Towers at Airport City which is the biggest source of her $420 million net worth. She is ranked at position 24 overall.
3. Kate Quartey-Papafio
Estimated net worth: $250 Million
Kate Quartey Papafio is the founder and CEO of Reroy Cables Limited which is one of the leading cable manufacturers in Ghana. The company manufactures telecom and electrical cables and conductors mostly for export but has a huge market locally too.
The company initially started out with a workforce of about 100 in 2003. A couple of years later, it has expanded to become one of the biggest cabling companies that even won a government tender worth over GHC 80 million together with two other companies, placing her on the right path to a $250 million net worth and position 48 overall among the richest in Ghana.
4. Gifty Lamptey
Estimated net worth: $135 Million
Gifty Lamptey is the CEO of SIDALCO Fertilizers Limited and the founder and chair Ladies of the Cross International Ministries, a charity organization that is responsible for many goodwill activities in the country.
She is currently the biggest individual shareholder in SIDALCO, which is one of the largest fertilizer distributers in West Africa. Lamptey is the Widow of David Lamptely and a mother one who inherited her late husband’s fertilizer company and a vast estate which place her among the top 5 richest women in Ghana with a net worth of $135 Million. Overall, she ranks as the 69th richest person in Ghana.
5. Grace Amey-Obeng
Estimated net worth: $100 Million
Grace Amey-Obeng is the owner of Forever Clair Group, which is a group of companies that include FC Beauty College, FC Cosmetics Industries, and FC Skin and Beauty Klinik. The FC group of companies currently employs over 98 people and has eight branches in Ghana.
Grace Amey-Obeng’s products have also realized demand in the neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. The United Kingdom and Switzerland make up some of her biggest export markets outside Africa. She currently has a net-worth of about $100 Million which makes her the 5th richest woman in Ghana and 79th overall according to a recent report on Ghana richest 2017.
The above list shows how far the richest woman in Ghana has come from and serves as an inspiration to young Ghanaian girls. The women featured here have diverse backgrounds and deal in different sectors showcasing the opportunities that are available in Ghana. While the riches woman in 2016 still remains top in the 2017 list, many women are now engaging in business and the list may change in the coming years.