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Being a billionaire is overrated: Motsepe

By ANDILE NDLOVU: The Times | Sep 16, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 88 ]

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe tried to convince students at the Tshwane University of Technology, in Pretoria yesterday, that being a billionaire was overrated.

"Money doesn't mean that you'll be happy. Money is very, very important but having it doesn't mean you'll be happy. So always pursue what you think makes you happy," Motsepe told the boisterous students.

The Times reports that the 51-year-old - South Africa's first and only black billionaire and the fourth-wealthiest man in the country, according to Forbes magazine - was on the latest leg of the Motsepe Foundation's national road show to listen to suggestions on development projects.

Motsepe's total assets are estimated at R29.9-billion by Forbes.

"Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread," Motsepe said.

"So the thing I want to emphasise is don't always run for jobs because you think [you'll get] a lot of money. Go for jobs that you love. If you can make a lot of money in the process, it's even better."

His informal speech had just enough statements about striving and dreaming and believing in one's dreams.

It was not quite Bill Gates, who is credited with the memorable line to students: "Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping: 'opportunity'."

He told students: "When you apply for money from us, it's a grant, a gift. All we ask is that, when you're done, please try to help where you come from. We don't want you to pay us back."

COMMENTS [ 88 ]

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Tabza325is
@DOLCE&GABBANA
WANYELA WENA MOTESPE!!!!

Yeah that's what I thought, it's like the well fea.d fa.t guy with a burg.er in his hand and gravy sipp.ing on the side of his lips while lic.king his fingers with KFC in the bucket and telling the poor starving guy that food is ov.errated
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how can i comprehend being billionaire is overrated if i have never even had simple 1 million in my bank account...... atleast if he was talking about being broke is overrated it would be understandable as i meet broke @ss n'iggers like S.cold all the time

Sep 16, 2013 12:18 | 0 replies

hey oldie, how about we talk business? find me @ lorddkok@gmail.com

Sep 16, 2013 1:5 | 0 replies

But Sowtan, Motsepe is not the only black billionare in the country, Tokyo and Cyril are also billionaires.........unless Nkandlani was jealouse and told you to put it like that in your article.......

Sep 16, 2013 1:5 | 0 replies

Not being a billionaire is highly highly overrated.

Sep 16, 2013 1:7 | 0 replies

@Sowetan Editor in Chief(SEC)
please upload the front page's front story"R150 for five munites sex" i am interested

Sep 16, 2013 1:16 | 0 replies

Mokwepa
@Sowetan Editor in Chief(SEC)
please upload the front page's front story"R150 for five munites sex" i am interested
Report Abuse xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

On behalf of sowetan get ur self a copy thanda kabi iznto zamahala

Sep 16, 2013 1:19 | 0 replies

Cyborico
On condition. My e-mail shows exactly who and what I am. It stays between us, no matter what.

Sep 16, 2013 1:20 | 0 replies

s.cold
Jengele
@AssCold hahahahaha - R55 might be enough for me, maybe. As long as I have it through my mind- heart & finally my pockets. Really, I don't care about the amount more than satisfaction it brings.
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dont lie to yourself
to be broke my friend is always very hurtful and literally painful

i was once broke and i dont want to see myself in that situation

andifuni ukubuyela kwindlala jonga
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Hahahhahaha! well asazani so I don't feel that need to prove anything to you. Again am not rich & even if I may try to be I will never be cause I am that kind of guy who believe that he has a resposibility to all those households with the kids who go to bed with ony tapwater in their stomachs.

Sep 16, 2013 1:21 | 0 replies

@Mnqwaz
Mokwepa
@Sowetan Editor in Chief(SEC)
please upload the front page's front story"R150 for five munites sex" i am interested
Report Abuse xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

On behalf of sowetan get ur self a copy thanda kabi iznto zamahala
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say it in english bru...dnt understand khoisan language

Sep 16, 2013 1:22 | 0 replies

Tango - "One name is missing from this list and that name is Jacob Zuma."


It doesnt count if its tax payer money, and not his own cash :P

Sep 16, 2013 1:4 | 0 replies

Jengele
@AssCold hahahahaha - R55 might be enough for me, maybe. As long as I have it through my mind- heart & finally my pockets. Really, I don't care about the amount more than satisfaction it brings.
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dont lie to yourself
to be broke my friend is always very hurtful and literally painful

i was once broke and i dont want to see myself in that situation

andifuni ukubuyela kwindlala jonga

Sep 16, 2013 1:0 | 0 replies