Recently, Forbes magazine released its 2018 list of World’s billionaires. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the 100th on the list. Apex News presents some top youngest billionaires in Nigeria.
1: IGHO SANOMI
40-year-old Igho Sanomi is undoubtedly the youngest billionaire in Nigeria 2018 with an estimated net worth of $1 billion. He was born in Agbor, Delta State and the Executive Director of Cosmos oil AG and founder of Taleveras.
He invested in the shipping, engineering, telecommunications, aviation, construction and also in the real estate sector.
Taleveras is arguably one of Africa’s largest energy trading companies, trading close to a billion barrels of crude oil and millions of tons of condensates, gasoline, jet fuel and LPG every year.
2: LADI DELANO
Ladi Delano, 35, was the founder of Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese Alcoholic Beverage Company which he built in 2004 when he was just 24 years old. The firm produced the best brand of vodka, Solid XS.
He has so many investments and was even featured on Forbes list of young millionaires in Africa 2012. He sold Solidarnosc for $15 million and used the profit to establish a real estate investment company which is based in mainland China. At the moment, Delano runs a $1 billion joint venture with Bakrie Group of Indonesia.
3: LINDA IKEJI
Linda Ikeji is the richest female blogger in Africa. She came to limelight, when she announced she had just purchased a mansion worth over a million dollars in Banana Island. Born on September 19, 1980, she first started as a model. Forbes rates her as the highest paid blogger in the country with an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion.
4: JASON CHUKWUMA NJOKU
Born on December 11, 1980, Njoku is the founder of the popular internet firm, IROKOtv and Spark, a $2 million investment company that aids Lagos-based internet start-ups.
After 11 years of trying, his success story began when he perceived the idea of establishing iROKOtv at the age of 30 while living with his mother under the same roof.
With his various investments and businesses, Forbes named him among the ten Young African Millionaires to watch out for.
5: SIJIBOMI OGUNDELE
At 34 years, Sijibomi Ogundele is one of the youngest most successful billionaire in Nigeria today. He was born in Agege, Lagos and had a dream of becoming among the wealthy people in the country. He is a lawyer and took a confident approach and harnessed his network and skills which in turn created wealth for him on the long run. He is the owner and founder of the Sujimoto Construction Company Ltd, a multi-million dollar construction firm with presence in major cities around the world.
6: ABIOLA OLANIRAN
Abiola Olaniran is the founder of the popular Nigerian gaming company, Gamsole. It was his interest in software programming at age 15 that spurred him to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He established Gamesole in 2012. Currently, Abiola is Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developer.
7: TAYO OVIOSU
Tayo Oviosu is the founder of Pagatech Limited, a registered company established in 2009. Before he established his company Paga, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and also at Cisco as their Manager, Corporate Development. Tayo helped Cisco’s expansion into Africa, before he began Paga, a website for sending money, receiving payments and paying for bills online.
8: MARK ESSIEN
Mark Essien was listed among the top 30 youngest entrepreneurs in Africa in the year 2015. Born on December 18, 1980, Essien hails from Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom. Essien is a successful Nigerian entrepreneur, online strategist, and startup investor. He is the founder of hotels.ng, a leading hotel booking company in Nigeria. Hotels.ng financial web worth is estimated at $4 million as at 2017.
9: TONYE REX IDAMINABO
Tonye Rex is recognized by Forbes Africa as one of the 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in Africa. As a lawyer, he established the African Achievers Awards in 2011 and also founded Reputation Pool in 2016 which creates reputation polls and rankings. One of Rex’s achievement is that he is the first West African to be appointed to the board of World Leaders Forum.
10: IYINOLUWA ABOYEJI
Innovation has always been Iyinoluwa Aboyeji’s dream. He started from Andela and later began his Flutterwave. He was the brain behind Bookneto, an online learning platform in Canada currently managed by the Canadian Innovation Centre.
Flutterwave is a multi-million dollar company and one of the top providers of tech and infrastructure solutions for digital payments across the African continent. This firm has successfully processed over $760 million through 7.5 million transactions for various clients around the continent.