Three of Nigeria’s wealthiest people made the top six on Forbes’ Africa’s Billionaires list for 2021.
On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of the world’s billionaires for 2021, which includes 14 African billionaires, with Aliko Dangote, the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, holding the top spot on the continent.
Dr. Mike Adenuga, Chairman of Globacom and Conoil Plc, and Abdulsamad Rabiu, the founder of BUA Group, are two other Nigerians who made the top six.
Dangote’s net worth rose from $10.1bn in 2020 to $12.1bn in 2021, making him the 191st wealthiest person in the world.
Though Adenuga who is Nigeria’s second-richest person witnessed a deep from $7.7bn to $6.3bn, he remained in the top echelon in Africa placing 5th and was ranked 440th in the world.
Climbing up the billionaires’ ladder is the BUA group boss – Abdulsamad Rabiu who saw his fortune rise from $3.1bn in 2020 to a stunning $5.5bn in 2021.
With the $2.2bn gain, Mr. Rabiu now sits pretty as the 6th richest in Africa and the 574th billionaire in the world.
Other Africans who made the top-6 category include one Egyptian and two Southe Africans.
The Egyptian, Nassef Sawiris comes in second place in Africa and is ranked 297th on the list with a net worth of $8.5bn.
According to Forbes, Sawiris is an investor and a scion of Egypt’s wealthiest family, with his most valuable asset being a nearly six percent stake in sportswear maker.
The two South Africans who come in third and fourth place respectively are Nicky Oppenheimer (worth $8bn, ranked 308th in the world) and Johann Rupert (worth $7.2bn, ranked 358th in the world list).
Away from Africa, the founder, and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos retained his spot as the world’s richest with a net worth of $177bn. He is followed by Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla with $151bn.
Forbes notes that within the year in focus, there were rapid-fire public offerings, surging cryptocurrencies, and skyrocketing stock prices, adding that the number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755—660 more than a year ago.
According to the business magazine, altogether the billionaires are worth $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion on the 2020 list.