- You've mostly heard of Aliko Dangote, Rabiu Abdulsamad, Adenuga, but there are other billionaires running riot in Nigeria's business environment
- TY Danjuma, Herbert Wigwe, Tunde Hassan-Odukale, and Jim Ovia are some of the billionaires in Nigeria you might not know
- These businessmen operate in various sectors, leading companies in insurance, banking, medical services and shipping venture
Business headlines in Nigeria are flooded with names like Aliko Dangote, Rabiu Abdulsamad, and Adenuga, but the private sector has more Nigerian billionaires you don't know about.
There are silent achievers that could be called stock billionaires who lead some of the biggest companies in Nigeria, but little is known of them - the following are Nigerian billionaires you should know with over N129.50 billion worth of public stock investment.
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma's life stage has moved across three paths - military, politician, and businessman. He is one of the most prominent military man in the private sector, but yet, a silent mover and shaker in the white-collar industry.
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In 2015, out of Africa’s 50 richest list, Forbes ranked him 30th with a net worth of $750 million. At some point in 2014, Danjuma's fortune was put at $1.1 billion, but he fell off that list in 2016 due to oil price decline.
Just as his life has taken three different turns, TY's business footprint has also gone through several sectors; shipping, oil business and also manufacturing of medical equipments.
Danjuma owns Nigeria American Line (NAL), Sapetro, and is also the majority shareholder of BOC Gases Nigeria (now known Industrial and Medical Gases Nigeria Plc) where he has N3.13 billion worth of investment.
Not much was known about Tunde Hassan-Odukale until October 2021 after billionaire, Femi Otedola's attempt to takeover First Bank in H2 2021.
Otedola's presence in First Bank brought Hassan-Odukale out of the tunnel, as they both battle for leadership of the lender, which the latter eventually won, making him the largest investor in First Bank.
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Odukale has over N22.40 billion networth in First Bank (including his indirect stake), and he is also the Managing Director of Leadway Assurance Company Limited, where the businessman holds the majority shareholder position.
His father, Sir Hassan Olusola Odukale founded Leadway Assurance in 1970, but commenced operation the next year.
Ovia is known as the godfather of Nigeria's banking industry, but you will hardly see him competing for media headlines - he moves in silence, even the ground might not hear his footsteps.
In 2015, when Forbes last ranked him, Ovia had a total networth o N225.67 billion ($550 million), thanks to his investment in Zenith Bank, which he founded, prime real estate, and Visafone.
Ovia is the largest stakeholder of Zenith Bank, heading the lender as chairman, with N89.54 billion worth of funds in the bank.
You won't find Herbert Wigwe on Forbes or Bloomberg's billionaire list, but he's one of the stock billionaires in Nigeria, carrying the bank industry flag among the seven figure class.
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Wigwe started with GTBank before before he and his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, bought Access Bank, which was a small company in 2002.
He controls Access Bank which is one of the top five banking institutions in Nigeria, and happens to have the largest bank customers in Africa. While his other investment are not public, he has over N14.41 billion in investment in the lender.
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