The top 10 richest people in Nigeria have all built an empire that shapes the economy of the country. Obviously, these individuals are entrepreneurs recognized internationally by Forbes, HuffingtonPost, business Insider, Bloomberg among others. Have you been wondering who the richest people in Nigeria are? Read on.
10. Oba Otudeko: You might not have heard of him before but he is one of the billionaires Nigeria is lucky to have. Dr. Oba Ayoola Otudeko born 18th August 1943 hails from the western part of Nigeria. He is a business mogul and also the C.E.O of Honeywell Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, and Fan Milk Nigeria Plc. Is that not amazing? He has successfully distinguished himself from other businessmen in Nigeria which makes his expertise cut across major industries in the Nigeria sector. His net worth is said to be about $620 million. He is one the top 10 richest people in people.
9. Mohammed Indimi: He is one of the most recognized and richest northerners in Nigeria. Mohammed Indimi is a distinguished and highly successful business mogul. He was born August 1947 in Borno state, Nigeria. He is an active player in the oil and gas industry and also the founder and chairman of Oriental energy. Two of his Children married from the household of Nigerian Presidents. He has a net worth of $670million.
8. Tony Elumelu: Anthony Onyemaechi was born 22 March 1963 in Jos, Nigeria. He is the chairman and CEO of Transcorp Heirs & Holdings and also the chairman of United Bank of Africa. He is a Nigerian economists, entrepreneur, and philanthropists. He is popularly known for his charity and philanthropic gesture. He was recognized as one of “Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People in 2012” by Forbes magazine. He has a net worth of $700 million.
7. Orji Uzor Kalu: He was born on 21st April 1960. Orji Uzor Kalu served as the governor of Abia state from May 29, 1999, till 2007. He is the chairman of SLOK, Daily Sun, First International Bank Limited and New telegraph. He is a business mogul and politician. Orji Uzor Kalu was said to have started a business with only $35 in which he borrowed from his mother. At age 26 he became the youngest Nigerian to receive the National Merit Award from President Ibrahim Babangida in 1986. He has a net worth of $890million.
6. Jim Ovia: He is the 6th richest person in Nigeria. Jim Ovia was born on November 4, 1951. He is a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of Zenith Bank Plc in which he retired as the managing director and Chief Executive Director. His achievement did not stop there; he founded Visafone Communication Limited in which he has a very large share. Jim Ovia has also invested greatly in Real Estate. He has a net worth of $980 million. It is not surprising he is one of the top 10 richest people in Nigeria, is it?
5. Uzoma Dozie: Not known to many but he is one of the Nigerian billionaires that shape the economy. He was born 2nd November 1969 in London. Uzoma is a Nigerian banker, investor and also an advocate of technology. He is the group managing director and chief executive officer of Diamond Bank Plc. He is one of the reticent billionaires on planet earth. He has a net worth of $1.2 billion.
4. Femi Otedola: He is one of the renowned billionaires in Nigeria, born on 4th, November 1962. Femi was born into the family of Sir Michael Otedola who was a onetime governor of Lagos State. Femi Otedola is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and also the chairman of Forte Oil Plc. He is also a founder of Zenon petroleum and Gas Ltd. He has investments across various sectors in the Nigerian Industry. Femi is an oil magnate who dropped once from the billionaire list on Forbes as a result of the steep drop in shares of the then traded African petroleum which was rebranded into Forte Oil. He has a net worth of $1.7 billion. Mr. Femi Otedola is also on the list of the top 10 richest people in Nigeria.
3. Folorunsho Alakija: The self-made billionaire who is the richest woman in Africa was born in 1951. She is a business tycoon who has an investment in different sectors of the economy. Alakija is the group managing director of The Rose Of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and also the executive vice-chairman of Famfa oil limited which pumps about 200,000 barrels a day. Her tailoring company supreme stitches have many elite clients. She founded the rose of Sharon foundation in 2008. This foundation helps widows and orphans. Alakija is the richest woman in Africa has she succeeded in unseating Oprah Winfrey. She is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria. Mrs Folorunsho Alakija has a net worth of $2.2 billion. She is also one of the top 10 richest in Africa.
2. Mike Adenuga: The telecommunication and Oil and gas investor was born on 4th November 1962. He is a Nigerian Business mogul and second richest Man in Nigeria. He is the founder of Globacom, one of the largest telecom operators in Nigeria and other African states. He has been featured on Forbes magazine an innumerable number of times. He was named the African entrepreneur of the year at the maiden African Telecoms Awards on 15th August 2007. The mobile network company has over 24 million users in Nigeria. He has a net worth of $10 billion.
1. Aliko Dangote: The popular northern billionaire born on 10th April 1957 is the founder and chairman of Dangote Group. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries which include Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, and Togo among others. He is ranked by Forbes has the 65th richest person in the world and the richest in Africa. He has investment across different sectors in the Nigerian economy. Dangote group have the largest refinery in Africa and the third largest in the world producing 800,000 tons of sugar annually. He was reported to have added $9.2 billion to his personal wealth in 2013. He also donated about 150 million naira to halt the spread of EBOLA. He has a net worth of $20 billion.
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