Some of the most dynamic and interesting personalities you could ever wish to meet head up Africa’s major and not so major companies. All of them have one thing in common and that is success. Some are well known and some not quite as much yet, but all of them are talented, hardworking and determined people who have made it to the top. Here is our selection of the top 10 most charismatic business leaders. Scroll the mouse on the slideshow to see the name and the business.

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10 – Nicky Newton King is the first woman to run the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on January 1 2012, having been the deputy for nine years. Originally from Cape Town she is a graduate of Stellenbosch and Cambridge universities and she has three law degrees.

9 – Bob Collymore has been ringing the changes at Safaricom Ltd since becoming the CEO in 2010. The enthusiastic leader of this leading telecommunications company , which was responsible for launching the first mobile phone payment method M-Pesa.

8 – Patrice Motsepe was born in Soweto and is the 51-year-old founder and executive chairman of the $5 billion African Rainbow Minerals business, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals and platinum.

7 – Phuti Malabie is the CEO of Shanduka, a black-owned and managed investment company started by businessman Cyril Ramaphosa. The Wall Street Journal named Malabie one of its TOP 50 Women to Watch in 2008.

6 –Divine Ndhlukula is the founder and managing director of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd. This endearing lady’s dogged determination and iron will has elevated her business started in a backyard cottage to a company which now employs 3,500 people.

5 – Sifiso Dabengwa is the Group President and CEO of the MTN Group Ltd, which he joined in 1999. While he is known to fiercely guard his privacy and prefers not to give interviews, he is an inspirational leader for the staff of Africa’s largest telecommunications company.

4 – Jacko Maree is CEO of the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest financial services conglomerate, which has operations in 33 different countries.

3 – Maria Ramos is the CEO of Absa Group and is one of the continent’s most respected public administrators and business leaders.

2 – Marius Kloppers, 50, was born in South Africa and is the dynamic leader of the world’s largest mining company BHP Billiton.

1 – Alhaji Aliko Dangote is undoubtedly Africa’s best known CEO and president. He is the continent’s wealthiest man and sits at the helm of the Dangote Group. The Nigerian self-made business magnate has an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion as of March 2013. Based in Nigeria, his company has interests in commodities with operations in his homeland and several other countries in Africa.