Meet Nigeria’s Four Newest Billionaires

Nigeria has four new billionaires, according to wealth research done by Ventures Africa. This brings the total number of Nigerians represented on the list to 23, giving Nigeria the largest concentration of billionaires in Africa.

Cletus Ibeto ($3.7 billion), founder of multi-faceted Ibeto Group; Benedict Peters ($2.7 billion), an oil magnate; Tony Elumelu ($1.6 billion), a serial investor and philanthropist; and Canada-based oil trader Akanimo Udofia ($1 billion), are the new faces of the Nigeria’s newest Billionaires.

Cletus Ibeto
Dr Cletus Ibeto… The man behind the Ibeto Group Success Story.

A grass to grace billionaire, Cletus Ibeto, grew from an apprentice in a spare parts shop to the owner of the largest conglomerate in Eastern Nigeria. His debut as the 11th richest person sees him ranked higher than popular Nigerian billionaires like Jim Ovia and Oba Otudeko.
Nothing announces the arrival of Benedict Peters like his $2.56 billion acquisition of a prolific oil block from Shell Nigeria, except, of course, his first ever ranking on the Ventures Africa’s Rich List.
Aiteo
After decades of labouring in the oil and gas business, Benedict Peters is now reaping the fruits of his labour. His Aiteo group is one of the fastest growing local players in Nigeria’s upstream and downstream oil sectors.

Tony Elumelu
Tony Elumelu has been a major player in Nigeria’s Financial Industry..

Although Tony Elumelu is just entering the billionaires club, he has been a major player in Nigeria’s financial industry. A serial investor and businessman, Tony is the chairman of UBA Group, one of Africa’s most successful banks; Heirs Holdings, an investment company; and Transnational Corporation (TRANSCORP Plc), a conglomerate with investments in hospitality, oil, agriculture, and logistics.

Nigeria’s domination of the rich list also extends past contributing the highest number of individuals. The collective wealth of Nigerians on the list is $77.7 billion or 48 percent of the total Rich List wealth, almost as much as the other countries combined.

Aliko+Dangote
Aliko Dangote is the owner of Africa’s largest industrial conglomerate..
youngest
Igho Sanomi … Africa’s youngest billionaire
Diamond Collection By Folake Majin Fashion Show
Folorunsho Alakija has trumped Oprah Winfrey as the richest black woman in the world…

Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, founder of Africa’s largest industrial conglomerate, Dangote Group, also remains the continent’s richest man. His net worth has grown to $25.7 billion, a 21 percent rise from $20.2 billion in 2013.

Another Nigerian, Igho Sanomi, shares the position of Africa’s youngest billionaire with Mohammed Dewji, Tanzania’s richest man. At 39, Igho Sanomi, the founder of oil conglomerate Taleveras Group, is worth $1.3 billion.
Africa’s richest woman, Folorunsho Alakija, is also Nigerian. Worth $7.3 billion dollars, Folorunsho is actually the richest black woman in the world, trumping long time title holder, Oprah Winfrey.

It comes as little surprise however, that the main source of the Nigerians’ wealth is the country’s abundant oil resources. According to the Ventures Africa Rich List, almost 40 percent of Nigeria’s billionaires’ wealth is tied to the country’s oil and gas industry.

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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.

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