Despite all the clamoring about economic melt-down in the globe, 70 countries have produced 1 826 10-digit fortunes this year! This is a 13-times increase compared to the first global wealth list in 1987, when 140 billionaires emerged from 24 countries.
New Billionaires have continued to join the list on a yearly basis. The 2014 Forbes recorded 1, 536 Billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion and this year, more 290 joined the list, making it 1, 826 Billionaires, with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion.
Nigeria is worthy of commendation as five of her citizens made it to the 29th annual guide to the globe’s richest list.
These are the Nigerian Billionaires who are ranked with the world’s richest in 2015
Abdulsamad Rabiu ( #1741 with net worth of $1 billion)
AbdulSamad Isyaku Rabiu CON was born on 4th August 1960 in Kano Nigeria. He is a Nigerian businessman. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture with a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. He is also the chairman of Nigerian Bank of Industry. He is married with four children.
In 2013, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad’s wealth at $1.2 billion, bringing him to the global billionaire’s club. In 2014, he came #1 372 in Forbes list of world billionaires. He is the 4th richest Nigerian with Femi Odetola.
Femi Otedola (#1714 with net worth of $1 billion)
Femi Otedola was born in 1967 in Lagos to the former Lagos State governor, Sir Michael Otedola. He is married to Nana, with three daughters and one son, including the British DJ and socialite Florence “Cuppy” Otedola.
Femi Otedola is a Nigerian business man and the owner of multi-billion naira indigenous oil giant, Zenon. He is also the CEO of Forte Oil Plc, having a controlling share of 78%. Otedola and Dangote were the only Nigerians who appeared on the 2009 Forbes list of 793 dollar-denominated billionaires in the world, with an estimated net worth of over US$1.2 billion. He is also #29 of Africa’s 50 Richest and the 4th richest Nigerian.
Folorunsho Alakija (#949 with net worth of $2 billion)
Folorunsho Alakija was born in 1951 in Lagos state. She is married to a lawyer, Modupe Alakija with four children.
Folorunsho is the richest black woman in the world at the moment. She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group, comprising The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited. She is also and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited. As of 2014, she was listed as the 96th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She is also #12 of Africa’s 50 richest and 3rd richest Nigerian.
Mike Adenuga (#393 with net worth of $4 billion)
Mike Adenuga was born on 29th April, 1953. He is a Nigerian businessman with a humble beginning. Nigeria’s second richest man, has investments in mobile telecom and oil production.
He is the founder and owner of Globacom, the second largest mobile telecommunication company in Nigeria, with more than 27 million subscribers. Adenuga is the founder of oil exploration firm Conoil Producing, which operates 6 oil blocks in the Niger Delta; about half of which produce oil.His position in Forbes list of Billionaires in 2014 is #325. He is #6 of Africa’s 50 richest and #2 richest Nigerian.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote (#67 with net worth of $15.7 billion)
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, MFR, GCON was born on the 10th of April 1957, in Kano, Nigeria. He is the Nigerian businessman who owns the Dangote Group, which deals majorly on cement, sugar and flour. The company operates in Nigeria and several other countries in Africa, including Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia. He is married, with three children.
Although Dangote is the year’s biggest loser in dollar terms, whose fortune dropped to $15.7 billion from $25 billion last year, as a result of the Nigerian currency devaluation and shrinking demand for cement, his largest asset. He still retains the title of Africa’s richest man. He was the #23 world richest in 2014, and #68 of the world’s most powerful people.