Gertler, whose net worth is estimated at $2.5 billion by U.S. business magazine Forbes, is close to DRC President Joseph Kabila, and has a wide range of interests from mining to trade, according to the Fleurette Group.
He has reportedly helped create more than 20,000 jobs in the DRC after buying his first mine in the troubled country in 1997.
But critics claim that he has built his fortune by acquiring mining permits in the DRC in dubious circumstances, although he has always denied this.
The country has enormous potential mineral wealth, with huge reserves of cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold, silver, zinc and uranium.
But the almost relentless conflict, along with pillaging, illegal mining and a lack of investment, has kept the country classified as low-income, with 70 percent of people living below the poverty line.
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