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Extravagance: How the Rich Kids of Zimbabwe Spend their Cash – Late Mugabe’s Sons on the top list

From $14,000 alligator skin, gold-plated Giuseppe Zanotti trainers to a Batmobile and private jets furnished in gold, the so-called Rich Kids of Zimbabwe have no shame in displaying their wealth.

In a nation where GDP per capita is a lowly £1,593 – less than Afghanistan’s – the wealthy appear more than happy to flaunt their riches and even dismiss critics by telling them to stop hating.

Those willing to show off their luxury lifestyle include the sons of Robert Mugabe – who resigned as president on Tuesday afternoon – the children of wealthy businessmen and property moguls.

The country even has its own version of the Kardashians – Vanessa Chironga and her sister Michelle – who drive around limited edition Land Rovers and spend tens of thousands on weddings and honeymoons in The Seychelles.

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They are joined by so-called ‘prophets’ – Church preachers who show off their fancy cars and bundles of fifty dollar bills.

Mugabe’s sons

While calls were made in 2017 for Robert Mugabe to resign his sons Robert Jr, 24, and Chatunga, 20, were enjoying their luxury lifestyle.

Robert Mugabe Jr bought two Rolls-Royce (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

In September that year, the Robert Jr bought two Rolls Royce.

Robert Mugabe Jr is a frequent user of social media (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

While studying American Architecture in Dubai, he turned up in a black Batmobile, which he showcased to his 23,000 followers on Instagram, and showed off travelling in a private jet, with an interior decked out completely in gold.

His brother Chatunga regularly hits the African headlines as one of the continent’s most outrageous spenders.

While studying in Dubai he posted a picture of a black Batmobile he turned up in (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Two weeks earlier, a video emerged of him pouring a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne over his diamond-encrusted Rolex watch.

His displays of wealth include luxury watches (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Chatunga told his Instagram followers, with a picture of watch: ’$60,000 on the wrist when your daddy run the whole country ya know’.

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Despite outrage at their spending, they continue unashamedly, with Junior saying: ‘They keep on talking, we keep on rolling.’

‘Zimbabwe Kardashians’

The so-called ‘Zimbabwe Kardashians’ – Vanessa Chironga and her sister Michelle, both 28 – are daughters of property mogul and politician Philip Chiyangwa who is worth $280 million (£211 million)

A fleet of luxury cars posted on Michelle Chiyangwa’s account (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Claiming to live ‘humbly’, Michelle drives around in a $100,000 (£75,000) Victoria Beckham 2013 edition Land Rover while Elle had a $65,000 (£49,000) wedding and honeymoon in Seychelles, claiming: ‘It was actually a low-cost wedding.’

Another luxury car (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Expensive fur, lion-skin handbags, and even gold designer high heels on top of Michelle’s birthday cake – nothing is too extravagant.

Rich parents

But Sidney Himbara Jr arguably tops the lot for parading his wealth online.

Sidney Himbara Jr sits on a luxury sports car (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

His dad Sidney Sr is one of the richest businessmen in the nation and through his account @Its_sirsid he shows off his various holidays around the world in private jets, yachts and a steady stream of ridiculously expensive cars.

He also posts pictures of his jet set lifestyle (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

He has shown off his customised alligator skin, gold plated Giuseppe Zanotti $14,000 (£10,500) trainers and a golden revolver that fires out lipstick pellets to his 5,860 followers.


In Zimbabwe, some preachers, go under the guise of ‘prophets’ touring the continent doing religious gigs on a par with Madonna concerts.

Uebert Angel is one of the largest and CEO of The Billion Group and self-declared ‘GODFATHER of the PROPHETIC MOVEMENT’.

And other aspects of his life (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Recently, he posted a picture of him next to a yellow Lamborghini, telling his 147,000 followers: ‘Money is an intellectual entity, it doesn’t enjoy the company of fools.’

Flamboyant businessmen

Flamboyant businessman Genius Kadungure, 33, is known for flaunting his wealth and splashing out on pretty much everything.

He posts pictures of keys to his luxury fleet (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

When he’s moves from city to city, he will often let his 81,8000 followers he’s in town, advertising his spectacular parties, which includes a $17,000 (£12,800) all-white party and dropped another $32,000 (£24,000) on his 28th birthday flying friends from Zimbabwe to Botswana.

He spent £28,000 on flying friends to Botswana to celebrate his birthday (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

He posts pictures of all his car keys to his luxury fleet from Porsches to Bentleys.

Zimbabwe’s youngest ever millionaire

Property mogul Frank Buyanga wines and dines with heads of states all round the world and has a so many cars that it’d make most of Hollywood blush including a $320,000 (£241,000) Rolls Royce.

Buyanga was Zimbabwe’s youngest ever millionaire at 35 and owns property all around the continent and now resides most of the time in South Africa.

[Photo: IMP Features/Chris White]

When asked by a local TV crew how many cars he has, he quipped: ‘How am I supposed to know?’

He is regarded as a larger-than-life character (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

Zimbabwe’s richest ‘kid’ is Wicknell Chivayo, or Sir Wicknell, as he likes to be known to his thousands of followers.

And likes to post his luxuries online (Image: IMP Features/Chris White)

The larger-than-life character, in every possible way, likes to post all his luxuries online.

The 37-year-old’s excuse for buying custom-made cars is that ‘I fit comfortably, the seats are easily adjustable’ for his ample frame.



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