Lex Mpati Biography: Age, Wife, Career & Net Worth


Lex Mpati (born 5 September 1949) is a South African judge, Chancellor of Rhodes University, and former President of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.

Lex Mpati

Lex Mpati Age

He was born on the 5th of September 1949 in Durban, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 74 years old and celebrates his birthday on September 5th every year.

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Lex Mpati Wife

He got married to Mireille Mpati (née Nontobeko)


He grew up in the Eastern Cape, attending St Joseph’s Catholic School in Fort Beaufort and subsequently Mary Waters High School in Grahamstown, where he graduated in 1967.

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Mpati started at Rhodes in 1979 under a special permit (needed of black students) and received a BA in legal theory and Xhosa in 1982. In 1984, he received his LLB degree. He was only the second black Rhodes student to receive an LLB degree.


Lex Mpati began practicing law in 1985 and was admitted to the bar in 1989. In 1989, he was admitted to the Eastern Cape Bar, and in April 1996, he was appointed as senior counsel.

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From 1997 to 2000, he was a judge in the High Court’s Eastern Cape Division. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal as a Judge of Appeal, first as an acting member and then as a full member in December 2000.

In 2003, he was named Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, and in August 2008, he was named President. He is also a member of the Commission on Judicial Service.

Lex Mpati Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $300,000 which he has earned as a lawyer.


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