Welcome to the world of Zimbabwe’s wealthy young elite, where silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets lined in gold are just the norm – and showing off your tens of millions are essential social media viewing.
Even though the country is ranked one of the poorest on the planet, these politicians’ off-springs and young entrepreneurs prove that there is still plenty of money floating around the country.
There are the sisters dubbed the ‘Zimbabwean Kardashians’ – flaunting their wealth around in the poverty-stricken nation, as well as Church preachers, or ‘prophets’ as they like to call themselves, showing off fancy cars and bundles of fifty dollar bills.
Top of the list is Mugabe’s notorious sons Robert Jr, 24, and Chatunga, 20. In September, the former bought two Rolls Royce.
While studying American Architecture in Dubai, Junior 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.
Two weeks ago, a video emerged of him pouring a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne over his diamond-encrusted Rolex watch. Chatunga tells his Instagram followers, with a less than subtle picture of his diamond encrusted Rolex: ‘$60,000 on the wrist when your daddy run the whole country ya know’.
Despite outrage at their spending, including mum ‘Gucci’ Grace’s penchant for designer clothes, they continue unashamedly, with Junior saying: ‘They keep on talking, we keep on rolling.’
But they’re not the only ones spending big in a country where 93 per cent of the nation live below the poverty line.
The so-called ‘Zimbabwe Kardashians’ – Vanessa Chironga and her sister Michelle, both 28 – are daughters of property mogul and politician Philip Chiyangwa, a ‘nephew’ of Mugabe, who is worth $280 million.
Claiming to live ‘humbly’, Michelle drives around in a $100,000 Victoria Beckham 2013 edition Land Rover while Elle had a $65,000 wedding and honeymoon in Seychelles, claiming: ‘It was actually a low-cost wedding.’
Expensive fur, lion-skin handbags, and even gold designer high heels on top of Michelle’s birthday cake – nothing is too extravagant. Vanessa’s Instagram is @Mrsc_Blessed (15.5k followers) and Michelle’s @wegettinmcmoney (17.9k followers).
Sidney Himbara Jr tops the lot for parading his wealth online, as his father Sidney Sr is one of the richest businessmen in the nation thanks to his chum Mugabe giving his dubious firm all the contracts to oversee Zimbabwe’s infrastructure.
@Its_sirsid shows off his various holidays around the world in private jets, yachts and a steady stream of ridiculously expensive cars.
Uebert Angel is one of the largest and CEO of The Billion Group and self-declared ‘GODFATHER of the PROPHETIC MOVEMENT’.
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 businessman Genius Kadungure, 33, is known for flaunting his wealth and splashing out on pretty much everything
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. When asked by a local TV crew how many cars he has, he quipped: ‘How am I supposed to know?’
Zimbabwe’s richest ‘kid’ is Wicknell Chivayo, or Sir Wicknell, as he likes to be known to his 75,400 followers. The larger-than-life character, in every possible way, likes to post all his luxuries online. His excuse for buying custom-made cars is that ‘I fit comfortably, the seats are easily adjustable’ for his ample frame.
The 37-year-old’s taste for luxury has left many speculating on the source of his fortunes. He owns several properties in Harare, drives the latest cars and often spends time overseas, especially in the United States where he buys expensive designer clothes and cars.