The tobacco mogul was shot in Johannesburg in a suspected assassination plot. Here are ten facts about Simon Rudland.
1 He is the co owner of the Gold leaf Tobacco corporation. A multi national company that deals in tobacco and cigarette distribution.
2 He is a member of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association.
3 He is a major sponsor of Dynamos football club having made a cash injection of US 5 million dollars this year.
4 He is of Zimbabwean nationality but is based in South Africa. He has several business interests in Zimbabwe.
5 His net worth is estimated to be around US 98 million dollars.
6 He was fingered in illicit dealing involving the sell of illegal cigarettes in South Africa and manipulation of the cigarette industry.
7 He was shot at nine times on Wednesday as he arrived for a meeting in Johannesburg. One of the bullets lodged in his neck.
8 He was hospitalized and admitted in the intensive Care unit but has since been discharged.
9 He believes that one of his competitors was responsible for the shoot out. He remarked,”I’m 100% sure it’s oneo the FITA members. It’s such a cowardly act that they can’t confront me directly”.
10 His company is offering a reward of R10 million for any information on the assassination attempt.