Africa’s Richest Billionaires And Their Worth…Nigeria Tops The Number
Africa, the world’s fastest growing emerging market, is now home to 55 billionaires, with average net worth of $2.6bn. The price of oil topped $100 a barrel this year, up from $20 a barrel in early 2000, creating a new crop of African billionaires.
These super rich are worth a combined total of $143.88bn (£89.27bn).
The new study, undertaken by African business magazine and news service Ventures Africa, is the most extensive list ever compiled, claims founder Chi-Chi Okonjo. It reveals the “true wealth” of Africa’s richest people.
Abdulsamad Rabiu of Nigeria whose net worth is $1.4 billion. Rabiu is one of the most notable players in the real sector of the Nigerian economy, calling the shots in the cement industry with a large percentage of the nation’s cement market share. He is also interest in sugar and flour business in Nigeria .
The richest man in Africa is cement, sugar and flour tycoon Aliko Dangote. The Nigerian is worth $20.2bn. This figure is slightly up on Forbes’ estimation of $16.1bn for his wealth as of March this year.
In second place, South African financier Allan Gray holds assets worth at least $8.5bn.
Next is Nigeria’s Mike Adenuga, with operations in the oil and telecoms industries, has an estimated fortune of $8bn. His major investment is in Globacom , Nigeria ‘s second national carrier, Conoil which plays in both the downstream and upstrem petroleum industry.
Africa’s wealthiest woman, Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, is worth $7.3bn. She is the owner of Famfa oil, which sold 40 percent of its oil block to Chevron recently.
The median age of Africa ’s billionaires stands at 65 years old, with the youngest billionaires both at 38. These young guns are Tanzanian Mohammed Dewji, head of the largest textile manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa , and Nigerian oil trader Igho Sanomi.
The oldest billionaires are Manu Chandaria, a Kenyan industrialist, and Mohammed Al-Fayed, the Egyptian property tycoon and Harrods boss, who are both 84.
Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt have the most billionaires with 20, nine and eight respectively. In total 10 African countries are represented on the list.
Founder and first managing director of Zenith Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, Mr Jim Ovia, also made the list with net worth of $1.5 billion. He is chairman of Nigeria’s fledging telecommunications company, Visafone.
Other are Aziz Akhannouch (Morocco, $1.39 billion); Jide Omokore (Nigeria, $1.32 billion); and Bode Akindele ( Nigeria, $1.19 billion).
Jide Omokore is an oil and gas tycoon and own a fledging petroleum dealing firm called Spog Petroleum and Gas.
The report credits the surge in energy prices over the last decade for the increase in billionaires. The price of oil topped $100 a barrel this year, up from $20 a barrel in early 2000.
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