Yay! We bring to you the latest list of the top 10 richest men in Nigeria 2021 and their current net worth. You’ll find more information about their business career, investments, assets, awards, lifestyle, and more.
So, who are the richest Nigerian men today?
Nigeria is such a huge country that is well represented on the African continent. It is one of the most widely known countries in this region, majorly due to its past glories, well-respected personalities, as well as a worldwide presence in almost any sector.
The dominance Nigeria exerts is more evident due to the fact that most of the richest men in Nigeria are also on the list of richest people in Africa. Despite the presence of many Nigerians among the richest Africans, the wealth distribution across the country is poor.
Through this article, the richest men in Nigeria will be outlined. Readers will be able to discover more about some of the most influential individuals in terms of riches and wealth.
Just like every of the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria dream of achieving the heights attained by the individuals you’re about to read about, we’re sure you’d want the same.
So, we’ve decided to compile a list of the 10 richest men in Nigeria along with their current net worth and a short bio.
The 10 Richest Men In Nigeria 2021
|Rank||Richest Men In Nigeria 2021||Estimated Net Worth|
|#1||Aliko Dangote||$12 Billion|
|#2||Mike Adenuga||$7 Billion|
|#4||AbdulSamad Rabiu||$5.5 Billion|
|#5||Orji Uzor Kalu||$2.3 Billion|
|#6||Femi Otedola||$1.8 Billion|
|#7||Tony Elumelu||$1.4 Billion|
|#8||Jimoh Ibrahim||$1.2 Billion|
|#9||Pascal Dozie||$1.1 Billion|
|#10||Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh||$1 Billion|
10. Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh (Net Worth: $1 Billion)
While you might expect to find prominent people who are well known by Nigerians among the richest men in Nigeria, this is not the case.
I expect most people reading this article have no idea about who Leonard Stanley is, and are probably hearing his name for the first time.
His net worth of a whopping $1 Billion definitely qualifies him as someone worth knowing.
Leonard Stanley is a native of Imo state, born and raised in his hometown by his parents who were a dietitian and a Nurse respectively.
He acquired his secondary education at the Holy Ghost College in Owerri, after which he proceeded to earn his first degree in economics at the Punjab University.
On 2001, Leonard Stanley decided to establish the Zinox Technologies Ltd. Whose sole operation is to manufacture computers.
Through his corporation, he became the first to manufacture computers with WHQL certification and a further NIS ISO 2000: 9001 QMS Certification a few years later. This corporation was his main source of income until he acquired Konga by buying off 99% of the stake in the company.
As of 2021, Leonard Stanley is worth approximately $1 Billion dollars (N7.2 Billion Naira), making him the 10th on this list of the richest men in Nigeria.
9. Pascal Dozie (Net Worth: $1.1 billion)
As funny as it may sound, Pascal had his secondary education at the Holy Ghost College in Owerri, similar to the one which Leonard Stanley had his. That is one great school with rich alumni if you ask me.
Pascal Dozie has built a long, long career that has endured for over 2 decades as an economist and businessman. His business career began after gaining employment at the National Economic Development Office in the United Kingdom.
This made sense after having acquired his first degree in economics at The London School of Economics. At the time, he also got a part-time job as a lecturer at the Northwestern Polytechnic.
After getting numerous offers and employments in different economic and consulting capacities over the years, he eventually ended up at the central bank of Nigeria where he was appointed to do some research on cooperative and commercial banks.
Before then, however, he had already established his own company which was known as the African Development Consulting Group (ADCG).
This company would later evolve to become the foundation of the well-known Diamond Bank (now Access), one of the best on the list of the banks in Nigeria today.
So you know, as of 2021, Pascal Dozie is another representative of Imo state and the 9th richest man in Nigeria.
Dozie once held prominent roles such as the president of the Nigerian stock exchange (NSE) and Chairman of the MTN Group.
It is safe to admit that Dozie’s knowledge in Economics proved the difference and propelled to the top of the food chain when it comes to wealth.
8. Jimoh Ibrahim (Net Worth: $1.2 billion)
He is a well educated individual who earned his first degree and Masters in Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun state.
As a native of Ondo, one of the state and capital in Nigeria, Jimoh Ibrahim was born and brought up in the Southwestern region of the country.
He also attended Harvard University, where he earned a combined Masters degree in Law, as well as International Taxation.
Despite being an individual well educated in Law, his history and success as a businessman precedes him. Jimoh has earned most of his riches and wealth through diversified investments in oil & gas distribution, hotels, resorts, airlines, banking, real estate, insurance, publishing and investments.
His business successes make his proficiency as a practicing lawyer more suppressed. Today, he is the chairman and CEO of Global Fleet Group which handles his businesses at home and abroad.
As of 2021, Jimoh Ibrahim’s net worth is estimated at roughly $1.2 Billion, making him the 8th richest man in Nigeria.
7. Tony Elumelu (Net Worth: $1.4 Billion)
Finally! Someone everyone knows. Tony Elumelu is one of the most popular figures in Nigeria and across Africa.
This is mostly due to his philanthropic nature and activities which cut across many sectors on the continent.
He is an active philanthropist who has executed so many projects that he was recognized as one of The Time’s 100 most influential people of 2020.
Tony Elumelu was born and raised in Jos, Plateau state. He is a prominent economist and businessman who acquired his first and master’s degrees in economics at the Ambrose Alli University and the University of Lagos respectively.
His career in business started while he was undertaking his National Youth Service at the Union Bank. Over the course of his career, he was able to acquire the Standard Trust Bank, as well as United Bank for Africa down the line.
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After his retirement from the roles he played in both financial institutions, he proceeded to set up the Heirs Holdings which handled his investments in different sectors such as Finance, Health, Energy, Real estate, and Agriculture.
6. Femi Otedola (Net Worth: $1.8 Billion)
Another well known Billionaire in Nigeria is Femi Otedola. He is a well respected and revered name in Nigeria as a businessman, philanthropist, and investor.
One fun fact about Femi Otedola is the fact that he is the son of former Lagos State governor, Sir. Michael Otedola. Many would have been surprised this fact is not really talked about by the media.
Femi Otedola is a Lagosian who was born and bred in Ibadan, Oyo state. He attended Olivet Baptist Heights for his secondary education, while also earning his first degree at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun state.
Femi Otedola earned most of his wealth through investments in numerous business corporations and sectors for over two decades.
He made investments in real estate, fuel marketing, finance, and so on. Through these investments, he earned enough capital to startup or buy out shares of numerous companies.
Some of the companies owned by Femi include Forte oil, CenterForce limited, swift insurance, SeaForce shipping company, Zenon, FO Properties, and Adrova Plc.
These businesses earned him a billionaire status and a place among richest men in Nigeria since 2006.
5. Orji Uzor Kalu (Net Worth: $2.3 million)
Orji Uzor Kalu is a well known billionaire in Nigeria due to his status as a former governor in Nigeria, spending 8 years in office.
His tenure as Governor ended with so much controversy that he was arrested as soon as he left office on charges of bribery, corruption, and numerous other financial crimes.
These occurrences, however, did not deter him from taking a place among the richest men in Nigeria.
Before becoming the Governor of Abia state, Orji used to trade in Palm oil by buying from the East and selling them in the Northern region of Nigeria.
He also ventured into the business of selling large furniture, until he established the SLOK holdings which had numerous subsidiaries under it.
This company expanded across Nigeria, and eventually had prescience in countries beyond the shores of Nigeria.
4. AbdulSamad Rabiu (Net Worth: $5.5 Billion)
AbdulSamad is a billionaire businessman and industrialist who took over his father’s ideas and reformed it to create a business empire in Nigeria.
He is the son of Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu who was a well-known industrialist between the 70s and 80s. In order to handle his family’s business after the retirement of his father, Abdul Samad pursued his tertiary degree at the University of Columbia.
Immediately after his return, AbdulSamad created his own company known as BUA International group to replace that of his father who was already in hot waters with the Buhari regime for tax reasons.
This group’s main operation is the trading of commodities such as rice, ground nut oil, flour, iron, as well as steel.
After a few years of operation, the group received a contract from the government to manufacture raw materials for exchange in late 1990.
This proved to be the big break for the relatively new company, as the group earned enough to increase in size and expand operations to different regions.
This group has been on an exponential growth since Then, thus churning out huge profit for Abdul Samad. Today, Abdul Samad Rabiu is one of the richest men in Nigeria, as well as chairman of the Bank of Industry.
3. Alafaa Kariboye-Igbo (Net Worth: $6.1 Billion)
This name might sound quite strange to many, which is understandable. Alafaa is clearly a native of Nigeria who is, however, not based in Nigeria.
Born on the 21st of August, 1981, Alafaa runs most of his businesses from the United Kingdom as a businessman, entrepreneur, investor, and so on.
Most of his business is diversified across different sectors. He is known to invest in real estate, oil and Gas, and car dealership.
He also has a business in the entertainment industry through his subsidiary group known as the Oil Money records, as well as event promotion.
This might be quite surprising to most people reading this article due to his relatively unpopular status within the Nigerian community. Nevertheless, he earned his place on this list with a net worth of a staggering $6.1 billion.
2. Mike Adenuga (Net Worth: $7 billion)
Chief Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr is one of the most reputable individual to emerge from the shores of Nigeria and Africa at large.
Asides being one of the richest men in Africa, he is well placed among the richest people in Africa as well.
He has almost become a household name through his many known business ventures that has found their way into the core and daily lives of Nigerians.
Mike started out as a trader who deals in lace materials, as well as the distribution of soft drinks on a large scale.
It was through this business that he earned his first million in his business career.
This business also helped him raise enough capital to start his own drilling and exploratory company known as Consolidated Oil.
In 1991, he received his first drilling license and eventually struck oil in the Southwestern region of Ondo state. This made his company the first indigenous company in the country to achieve this feat, and it has since flourished.
Mike also diversified his business portfolio into the telecommunications industry which is widely known as Globacom. This firm provided great competition for already existing networks in the country, thereby achieving huge success as a result.
His telecom company Globacom spread quickly and started challenging the giant MTN Group. It launched services in Benin in 2008, and has continued its spread across Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, with more licenses currently being prospected in other West African countries.
Mike also owns huge shares in Equatorial Bank, as well as Conoil. His net worth today is $7 billion, making him the 2nd richest man in Nigeria.
1. Dangote (Net Worth: $12 Billion)
This is the biggest name in terms of wealth as far as Nigeria and Africa is concerned.
He has set the bar so high for many through his unprecedented success through his excellent business acumen and experience.
Though many quickly point out the fact that he came from a rich Muslim family as the reason for his success, this is not the case, considering he has exceeded all the expectations and riches of those before him through excellent business skills and proficiency.
Today, the Dangote group and its subsidiaries exerts complete dominance over its competition in the market in all the countries (Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Togo) which they are present.
The operations of the Dangote group have evolved from merely trading food materials like beans, wheat, sugar; to manufacturing, processing, as well as freight. The group consists of the Dangote Sugar refinery, Cement, Flour, and so on.
The Dangote refinery is also an ongoing project which is expected to triple his net worth once operations begin.
Each of the subsidiaries of the Dangote group turns out massive profits at the end of each business year, meaning his net worth keeps growing as time passes.
Clearly and undoubtedly, Aliko Dangote with a mammoth net worth of $12 billion dollars is currently the is the richest man in Nigeria and he is also the most innovative businessman to ever exist in the African continent.
Summary of the Richest Men In Nigeria
Having gone through the list of the most buoyant men in Nigeria in terms of financial power, you will agree that Nigeria is well endowed with countless intellectuals with business acumen and experience.
The fact that we have such individuals in Nigeria with such valuable skills and knowledge, and Nigeria is still the way it is today is quite unfortunate, to say the least.
Here’s a quick recap of the top 10 richest men in Nigeria today:
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