Top 20 richest Nollywood actors now

Top 20 richest Nollywood actors now

Millions of Nigerians enjoy great movies with educating stories and feel pure emotions, thanks to Nollywood. No wonder Nollywood actors are paid a lot. Who are the top 20 richest Nollywood actors in 2018-2019? Let us find out together.

Top 20 richest Nollywood actors now

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It’s fun to learn more about Nigerian actors. Since our country is pretty populated, with over 190 million people, it has to have its own movie industry. Nollywood actors are famous and well-paid. Many Nigerian actors are loved all across Africa, and the top Nigerian actors earn millions of Naira.

Top 20 richest Nollywood actors and their net worth

Our list of the top 20 richest Nollywood actors 2018 is based on their net worth. The richest actor in Nigeria is number one followed by the names of Nigerian actors whose net worth is a bit lower.

1. Jim Iyke - $30 million

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Jim Iyke is the richest actor in Nigeria now. This famous actor acted in over 150 movies. He is wealthy and loved by his fans who know that his real name is James Ikechukwu Esomugha. The star of ‘American Driver’ (2017) is very successful.

According to, Jim’s net worth is approximately 30 million U.S. dollars, but based on the information provided by, the actor’s wealth is much lower and is about 8 million U.S. dollars.

2. Richard Mofe-Damijo - $15 million

The winner of the Best Actor title in 2015 is still very popular in 2019. This veteran Nollywood star is also known as RMD. He is most loved for his role in ‘Ripples’ television series.

His net worth is approximately 15 million U.S. dollars. But, according to, Richard Mofe-Damijo has nearly 7 million U.S. dollars.

3. Desmond Elliot - $10 million

Some people achieve great results in different lines of work. For example, Desmond Elliot is not only a great actor but also a famous politician. Having approximately 200 films behind his back, this successful man is one of the top 20 richest Nollywood actors in 2018.

His net worth is about 10 million U.S. dollars, but, claims that the net worth of this actor is 5 million U.S. dollars.

4. Chidi Mokeme - $7 million

Chidi Mokeme is a good-looking television host and professional actor. He is popular for hosting the game show ‘Gulder Ultimate Search’ and Nollywood movies ‘The Seed’, ’76' and many more.

Mokeme is one of the top Nigerian actors, and he has a fantastic net worth of about 7 million U.S. dollars.

5. Segun Arinze - $5.1 million

Segun Arinze was the star of the film ‘Black Arrow,’ and former head of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria. Those who watched the series ‘Ripples’ would not remember Richard Mofe-Damijo's role but also Segun Arinze.

Arinze’s net worth is over 5.1 million U.S. dollars.

6. Mike Ezuruonye - $4.7 million

He is good-looking and one of the richest actors in Nigeria, Mike Ezuruonye made the right decision when he quit his job in a bank and went into acting. His roles in various Nollywood films have brought him prestigious awards, fame and wealth.

Mr. Ezuruonye’s net worth is approximately 4.7 million U.S. dollars, but according to, the net worth of the actor is 3.5 million U.S. dollars.

7. Ramsey Nouah - $4.5 million

This handsome model is also a famous Nollywood actor who is often called ‘lover boy’ by his fans. In the 1990s, he starred in the series ‘Fortunes.’ Since then he has acted in over one hundred films, earning enough money to become one of the Nigerian actors.

Nouah’s net worth is approximately 4.5 million U.S. dollars.

8. John Okafor - $4.2 million

The winner of numerous African Movies Awards, John Okafor, is loved by his fans. Everyone remembers him as Mr. Ibu after the role he played in the film with the same title. The actor regularly signs endorsement deals with top brands and earns a lot of money.

His net worth as one of the top 20 richest Nollywood actors is about 4.2 million U.S. dollars.

9. Nkem Owoh

Gaining his popularity in the 1980s, Nkem Owoh is still a famous comedian. As numerous sources reported it, Nkem Owoh's net worth is approximately 3.9 million U.S. dollars.

10. Pete Edochie - $3.8 million

The legendary actor is another richest actor in Nigeria on our list. The veteran superstar’s career jumped to the heights of fame in the 1980s. He was the star of the ‘Things Fall Apart’ movie which made him popular all across the country and gave him many chances to appear in other films and win many significant awards.

The actor's net worth is 3.8 million U.S. dollars.

11. O.C. Ukeje - $3.7 million

How many movies featuring O.C. Ukeje have you watched? Okechukwu Ukeje has acted in a lot of films. Ukeje’s net worth is about 3.7 million U.S. dollars.

12. Chinedu Ikedieze - $3.5 million

The star of so many films is currently one of the most influential celebrities in Nigeria besides being one of the top Nigerian actors.

Mr. Ikedieze’s net worth is about 3.5 million U.S. dollars.

13. Olu Jacobs - $3.5 million

The winner of ‘Best Actor’ award and other titles, Olu Jacobs, has acted in more than 100 films. You can watch them all and enjoy his talent. Olu Jacobs has a huge net worth of approximately 3.5 million U.S. dollars.

14. Emeka Ike - $3 million

This famous Nigerian is also an actor whose overwhelming career started in the 1990s and continues today.

This actor boasts an impressive net worth of about 3 million U.S. dollars according to, but his net worth is 2 million U.S. dollars, as noted by

15. Kanayo O Kanayo - $2.5 million

The beginning of the 1990s was an excellent year for Nollywood fans because such movies as ‘Living in Bondage’ were released. This particular film featured Kanayo O Kanayo whose acting career quickly developed and made him famous and rich.

The actor’s net worth is about 2.5 million U.S. dollars.

16. Kenneth Okonkwo - $2 million

Kenneth Okonkwo studied business administration, but he ended up acting in ‘Living in Bondage’. As an actor, he won many awards and is now rich and famous all across Nigeria.

His estimated net worth is about 2 million U.S. dollars.

17. Adekola Odunlade - $1.9 million

Yoruba actors are loved in Nollywood and are also wealthy and interesting to watch on the screen. Besides building a remarkable acting career, Adekola Odunlade developed his other talents such as singing and producing. His net worth is approximately 1.9 million US dollars.

18. Yul Edochie - $1.85 million

While Yul Edochie is not yet as wealthy as his father Pete Edochie, this young Nigerian actor looks great in the movies and shares his talent with millions of Nigerians. The film ‘Wind of Glory’ released in 2007 made him famous.

The actor’s net worth is approximately 1.85 million U.S. dollars.

19. Osita Iheme - $1.5 million

The ‘Pawpaw’ hero is enjoyed in many more films such as ‘Last Challenge’ or ‘Final World Cup.’ Osita Iheme knows how to act, astonish his fans with his wonderful delivery and make everyone laugh out loud. Besides being so humorous, he is also wealthy.

Osita Iheme’s net worth is 1.5 million U.S. dollars.

20. Nonso Diobi - $1 million

Nonso is the star of over 150 movies and one of the top 20 richest Nollywood actors 2018. The career of this man began when he was just 15 years old. He is now 41 years old and still impresses the society with his cool roles.

Mr. Diobi’s net worth is approximately 1 million U.S. dollars.

These are the top 20 richest Nollywood actors in 2018 along with their net worth. Now you know the names of the most financially successful actors from Nigeria. Their style and behavior are often copied by fans who wish to live similar glamorous lives and earn as much as their favorite celebrities. However, not anyone can become a Nollywood superstar.

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