Nigeria is reputed to have the highest number of billionaires in Africa. Nigerian billionaires are always recognised in the international ranking yearly. The Dangotes, Adenugas and Elumelus are always in the limelight but no attention is given to the young and upcoming ones. So we decided to show just a few of them in the list below:
1. Ladi Delano
Ladi Delano is a 35-year old Nigerian serial entrepreneur who became the youngest Billionaire in Nigeria by being a liquor entrepreneur. At the age of 24, in 2004, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka. He is also the founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa, an affiliate of the Bakrie Conglomerate of Indonesia.
2. Igho Sanomi
Sanomi amassed his wealth from oil trading and he is one of the youngest oil magnates in the country. The 39-year-old leaped into fortune when he established his oil trading company in 2004 called Taleveras. Taleveras sells millions of barrels per day and also has stakes in energy supply companies in Nigeria and 3 oil blocks in Ivory Cost. According to Forbes, Igho Sanomi is one of the richest young entrepreneurs in Africa.
3. Abiola Olaniran
Olaniran, 26, is the founder and CEO of Nigerian gaming company, Gamsole. Olaniran founded the company in 2012, and it has venture backing from 88mph, a Kenyan seed fund. The company’s games now have more than 9 million downloads both locally and internationally on the Windows Phone store.
4. Mark Essien
Essien, 31, is the founder of Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s largest hotel booking website. The online portal allows users from all over the world to book rooms from a selection of over 6000 hotels. The company has so far raised more than $250,000 in funding from Spark Fund among other investors.