25. Full name is Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.
24. He was born on the 17th of November 1952 in Soweto.
23. He is the second of the three children of Erdmuth and Samuel Ramaphosa, a retired policeman.
22. In 1971, he matriculated from Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda.
21. In 1972, he registered to study law at the University of the North (Turfloop)
20. While at the University, he became involved in student politics and joined the South African Students Organisation (SASO) and the Black People’s Convention (BPC)
19. He obtained B. Proc. Degree in 1981 from the University of South Africa (UNISA)
18. After obtaining his degree, he joined the National Council of Trade Unions (NCTU) as a legal advisor.
17. He was conference Organiser in the preparations leading to the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU).
16. He left politics in January 1997 after loosing to Thabo Mbeki. He then moved to Private sector
15. He was elected the first General Secretary of the Trade Union, a position he held until his resignation in 1991 following his election as the Secretary General of African National Congress (ANC).
14. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Ramaphosa presented him to the people.
13. He left politics in January 1997 after loosing to Thabo Mbeki. He the moved to private sector.
12. Ramaphosa officially became a candidate for the Deputy Presidency in 17th December 2012. He was elected deputy president of the ANC with 3,018 votes.
11. Among other positions, he is Executive chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance and Telecoms (SEACOM).
10. He is also Chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, and MTN. His other non-executive directorships include Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank and SABMiller.
9. In March 2007, he was appointed Non-Executive joint chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company demerged from Anglo American plc.
8. He is regarded as one of South African Richest men with an estimated net worth of $675 (R10b).
7. Amongst others he has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town, the University of the North, the National University of Lesotho, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Pennsylvania.
6. In October 19991, he was a visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University.
5. In 2014, he was voted 34th in the top 100 Great South Africans.
4. He was included in the 2007 Time 100, an annual list of 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral examples is transforming the World.
3. In his role as a business man, he is a member of the Coca-cola company international Advisory Board as well as Unilever Africa Advisory Board. He was also the first deputy chairman of the Commonwealth Council.
2. Along with the ex-president of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari, Ramaphosa Was appointed an inspector of the Irish Army weapons dumps in Northern Ireland. He is the Honorary Consul General for Iceland in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1. Ramaphosa is married to Dr. Tshepo Motsepe and he has four children.