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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Basis/Thursday, July 8, 2021

An Overview of the Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria

                              
                            
The belief is that happiness lies in being rich but the biggest question is; how much money does one need to be rich? You and I dream of being rich, of having a pool of money which one can spend in any way one wants. Long before Nigeria’s economic boom, their stories of hardship, labor and success set new benchmarks, and serve as an inspiration to everyone. Nigeria’s top entrepreneurs have continued to reap the benefits of having built successful businesses that are currently worth billions of naira. These ten first-generation Nigeria entrepreneurs started from humble beginnings but turned around their fortune with the right mix of intelligence, ambition, determination, and perseverance. Let us have an overview of the richest entrepreneurs in Nigeria, the successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria, and the richest investors in Nigeria.

1. Aliko Dangote with net worth of over $12billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Aliko Dangote who was born on April 10, 1957 is the owner of the ‘Dangote Group,’ the largest cement and sugar producer in Africa. Presently, his company dominates the markets in countries such as Benin, Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Africa, and Ghana among others. The ‘Dangote Group’ controls about 70% of the current Nigerian sugar market and operates as the third-largest sugar refinery in the world and the largest in Africa. Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Nigeria and entire Africa with a net worth of over $12billion in 2020.

2. Mike Adenuga Jr. with a net worth of over $4.2 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Michael Adeniyi Adenuga (born 29th of April 1953) is a Nigerian billionaire businessman and the second richest man in Nigeria.. Adenuga, Nigeria’s second richest man, built his fortune in telecom and oil production. His mobile phone network, Globacom, is the second largest operator in Nigeria, with 37 million subscribers. His oil exploration outfit, Conoil Producing, operates 6 oil blocks in the Niger Delta. According to the recently released Forbes list in 2020, Mike Adenuga’s net worth as of 11th July 2020 was estimated to be $4.2 billion and he is the third richest person in Africa.

3. Femi Otedola with net worth of over $1.8 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Femi Otedola (born November 4, 1962) is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and chairman of Forte Oil PLC, an importer of fuel products. Femi Otedola is the son of the former Lagos State Governor, Michael Otedola. Otedola is also the founder of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, and the owner of a number of other businesses across shipping, real estate, and finance. He has recently invested in power generation as part of the liberalization of the sector in Nigeria. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $1.8 billion.

4. Folorunso Alakija with net worth of over $1.7 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Folorunso Alakija who was born 15 of July 1951 is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman, one of the richest African women, and one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014, she temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. Folorunsho Alakija is vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company with a stake in Agbami Oilfield, a prolific offshore asset. Famfa Oil’s partners include Chevron and Petrobras. Alakija’s first company was a fashion label whose customers included the wife of former Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida.According to Forbes, her net-worth as of 11th July 2018 was estimated to be $1.7 billion.

5. Abdul Samad Rabiu with a net worth of over $1.1 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu who was born 4 August 1960 is a Nigerian businessman and the founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate active in sugar refining, cement production, real estate, logistics, and port operations. In January 2019, BUA Group agreed to sell its flour milling and pasta making businesses to Olam Group of Singapore for $275 million. Rabiu, the son of a businessman, inherited land from his father. He set up his own business in 1988, importing rice, sugar and edible oils as well as iron and steel rods. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $1.1 billion.

6. Theophilus Danjuma with a net worth of over $0.75 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Theophilus Danjuma who was born 9 December 1938 was the former Nigerian defense minister and the founder of oil exploration company South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO), which owns upstream assets in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, the Central African Republic and Madagascar. He also owns real estate plus a stake in Notore Chemical Industries, a manufacturer of urea fertilizer, as well as a stake in NALComet, one of Nigeria’s largest shipping companies. His net worth fell from a year ago due to the sustained weakness in oil prices and was estimated to be $0.75 billion.

7. Tony Elumelu with a net worth of over $0.7 billion


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu who was born 22 March 1963 is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Tony Elumelu came into the limelight in 1997 when he led a small group of investors to take over a small, floundering commercial bank in Lagos. He was recognized as one of “Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People in 2012” by Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $0.7 billion.

8. Orji Uzor Kalu with a net worth of over $330 million


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Orji Uzor Kalu who was born April 21, 1960 is the chairman of SLOK Holding and the former governor of Abia State. His other investments include the Daily Sun and the New Telegraph newspapers. Orji Uzor Kalu’s Slok Holding is a West African conglomerate with interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, manufacturing, and the media. He got his start in business at age 19 after being expelled from a Nigerian university for spearheading a series of student riots. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $330 million.

9. Jim Ovia with a net worth of over $550 million


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Jim James Ovia (born November 4, 1951) is a Nigerian businessman and founder of Zenith Bank one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria. He is the chairman and largest individual shareholder with a stake of slightly more than 9% stake. He also owns prime real estate across Nigeria, and mobile telecom operator Visafone Communications Limited which has since been acquired by MTN. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $550 million.

10. Oba Otudeko with a net worth of over $550 million


Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs And Business Owners In Nigeria
Oba Otudeko who was born 18 August 1943 is a Nigerian entrepreneur, the founder and chairman of Honeywell Group and is also the chairman of FBN Holdings Plc. The conglomerate’s operations stretch across oil and gas, flour milling, real estate, and marine transportation. Another piece of his fortune is in the oceanfront Radisson Blu in Lagos, Nigeria He is also the founder of Oba Otudeko Foundation. According to Forbes, his net-worth in 2020 was estimated to be $550 million.
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