Zimbabwe tycoon’s fortune slumps by US$130 million in 55 days


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Pairing parts of the gains he recorded earlier this year, Zimbabwe businessman John Moxon has seen his net worth slump by millions of dollars, owing to the sustained decline in the market value of his stake in Meikles Limited, a Harare-based conglomerate.

According to data tracked by Billionaires.Africa, Moxon, who ranks as one of the richest investors on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, has seen the market value of his stake in Meikles slump by US$130.79 million in the past 55 days.

Established in 1894 by Thomas Meikles as a department store chain, Meikles Limited has evolved into a diversified Harare-based conglomerate with significant holdings in hotels, retail, supermarkets, agriculture, and financial services.

The group led by Moxon boasts several leading brands, such as the Victoria Falls Hotel, TM Supermarkets, Meikles Stores, Meikles Centar Mining, and Tanganda Tea Company. Tanganda Tea Company is an agro-allied firm that floated its shares on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2022 as a separate entity.

Moxon, a leading businessman and executive who has played a key role in the growth of Meikles into one of Zimbabwe’s leading conglomerates, owns a 10.8-percent stake in Meikles, which amounts to 27 933 226 shares.

Since 13 June, Meikles shares on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange have declined by 70.82 percent, from  US$6.634) to  US$1.951 on 7 August, thus pushing the group’s market capitalization below the US$520-million mark.

As a substantial shareholder in the Harare-based conglomerate, Moxon has seen the market value of his stake in the group decline by US$130.79 million in the past 55 days, falling from US$185.31 million on 13 June 13 to US$54.52 million.

Despite the recent US$130-million slump in the market value of his stake in the Harare-based conglomerate, Moxon still remains one of the wealthiest investors on the local bourse.

The present market value of his stake in Meikles also makes him one of the country’s richest businessmen.- Billionaires.Africa

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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