Winnie Mandela was a South African activist and politician. She is best known as the wife of famous South African president Nelson Mandela. Winnie Mandela net worth before her death is estimated to be somewhere between $10 million and $15 million.
Born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiew Madikizela, Winnie was born in the village of eMbongweni. She was bon the fourth out of eight children. Her parents Columbus and Gertrude were both teachers. Her mother died when she was nine which resulted in the break-up of her family as all the sibling lived with different relatives.
Winnie went to Jan Hofmeyr School and then earned her degree in social work from the same school. She then earned bachelor’s degree in International relations from University of Witwatersrand. After completion of her education, she worked in various parts of government. Her first job was as a social worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
Winnie was best known for being married to Nelson Mandela. She met Nelson Mandela in 1957 when she was 12 years old at a bus stop in Soweto. They got married in 1958 and had two daughters named Ezinhle ROOI and Zindzi. Winnie was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including 27 years during he was imprisoned. After Mandela was released from jail in 199o, they separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce in 1996.
In her peak time, she had frequent run-ins with authority. She campaigned tirelessly for her husband released from the jail and also for the rights of black South Africans. Due to her political activities, she was targeted by South African government. She was tortured, subjected to house arrest and held in solitary confinement for a year.
Hailed as mother of “new” South Africa, her reputation slipped when she was sacked from the cabinet in 1995 after allegations of corruption. On April 2, 2018 at the age of 81, Mandela died of a long illness. Her death was confirmed by her personal assistant Zodwa Zwane.