TOP TEN RICHEST ENTREPRENEURS IN NIGERIA AND WHAT THEY DO.


Alhaji Aliko Dangote – Dangote Group, (Manufacturing, oil & gas,):  (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian billionaire, who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. As of June 2016, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.9 billion.

Mike Adenuga – Conoil, Globacom (Oil & gas, Banking, Telecom): (born 29 April 1953) is a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company Globacom is Nigeria's second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. He also owns stakes in the Equitorial Trust Bank and the oil exploration firm Conoil (formerly Consolidated Oil Company). Forbes has estimated his net worth at $10 billion as of 2016, which makes him second wealthiest Nigerian behind Aliko Dangote, as well as the second richest person in Africa

Femi Otedola – Forte Oil and Gas (Oil & gas):  (born 1962) is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur philanthropist, and chairman of Forte Oil Plc, an importer of fuel products. He 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 liberalisation of the sector in Nigeria.

Orji Uzor Kalu – Slok Group (Aviation, Shipping, publishing, manufacturing): born April 21, 1960) is the chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers in Nigeria, who served as the governor of Abia StateNigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the Borno Water Board and the chairman of the Cooperative and Commerce Bank Limited. Kalu was also a member of the Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) and the chairman of the PPA Board of Trustees. He was the party's candidate for president in the April 2007 general election.

Cosmas Maduka – Coscharis Group (Automobile, manufacturing): The Founder and Chairman of Coscharis Motors. He is said turned N200 into a multi-million dollar business empire with interests in automotive spare parts, technology, manufacturing and agriculture.

Jimoh Ibrahim – Nicon Insurance, Global Fleet (Insurance, transportation, oil & gas): lawyer, politician, businessman, and philanthropist in Nigeria. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Global Fleet Group, a diversified conglomerate based in Nigeria, with business interests and subsidiaries in neighbouring West African countries.

Jim Ovia – Zenith Bank, Visafone (Banking, Telecom): (born November 4, 1951) is a Nigerian businessman who founded Zenith Bank in 1990. After gaining degrees at both Southern University and University of Louisiana at Monroe, he attended Harvard Business School. He served as CEO until 2010, when he transferred into the chairman role. He has been the recipient of a Nigerian national honour.

Pascal Dozie – MTN Nigeria, Diamond Bank (Banking, Telecom): is the Co-Founder, Partner, and Non-Executive Partner at African Capital Alliance. He is the Founder of Kunoch Limited. He was the Founder of Diamond Bank PLC. Mr. Dozie served as the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc. He served as the President at the Nigeria Stock Exchange. He served as the President of OON. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Kaizen Venture Partners. Mr. Dozie serves as the Chairman of MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. and the Co- Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council board. He serves as the Chairman of Kunoch Limited; ADIC Insurance Limited; Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc. Mr. Dozie served as the Chairman of Diamond Bank PLC until December 31, 2006. He served as the Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group and served on the Lagos Business School Advisory Board. He was a Council Member of The Nigerian Stock Exchange. Mr. Dozie serves as a Non Executive Director of Gulf of Guinea Energy Limited.

Oba Otudeko – Honeywell Group Nigeria, Pivotal Engineering, Airtel (Manufacturing, oil & gas, telecom): CFR (born, August 18, 1943) is a Nigerian investor and entrepreneur whose domestic and foreign interests cut across diverse sectors of the economy. He is a Chartered Banker, Chartered Corporate Secretary, and a Chartered Accountant. He is chairman of Honeywell Group, Airtel Nigeria, and Fan Milk of Nigeria Plc. Otudeko retired as the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc after 12 years on its board. He also served on the boards of Central Bank of Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Plc and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI). Between September 2006 and August 2009, he was the 16th President and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

 Alhaji Sayyu Dantata – MRS Group (Oil & gas, construction): he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MRS Holdings Ltd (Formerly, MRS Group). Mr. Dantata started his career as Director of the Engineering and Transport Division of Dangote Group - considered the Largest Nigerian conglomerate. Mr. Dantata has been the Chairman of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc since March 20, 2009. He serves as a Director of Hydro Alternative Energy, Inc. Mr. Dantata has been a Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited since August 2008. Mr. Dantata served as a Director at MRS Holdings Ltd (also known as MRS Group). He served as a Director at Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc.