Nigeria; popular regarded as the giant of Africa, considering it has the largest economy of Africa with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over $590 billion and also being the most populous country in Africa. Thanks to the steady growth of young entrepreneurs it is assured that Nigeria in future would continue to stay relevant in competing with the economies of the world.
Here are a few of the youngest Nigerian billionaires that are currently making the country proud;
Igho Charles Sanomi
Igho Sanomi is a Nigerian who was born on 17 May 1975 into a prestigious family. His mother Mabel Iyabo is a royal in the Ijesha Kingdom in the state of Osun. The Nigerian businessman, geologist, public speaker and philanthropist with business interests in oil, telecommunications, the maritime industry, aviation and real estate.
At 40 years of age, he is the founder and CEO of Taleveras Group. This conglomerate spans its wings across energy, construction and power to name a few.
Igho Sanomi is a well-known name in the world of energy, involved in business with the likes of Royal Dutch Shell and others. His company trades over 100 million barrels of crude oil annually besides LPG, jet fuel and gasoline. Igho Sanomi topped ‘Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow’ list the second year in a row in 2015. This report published by Institut Choiseul ranks Africa’s young leaders under 40 who are driving Africa’s economic growth
A young entrepreneur, Ladi Delano is a 35-year old Nigerian serial entrepreneur who made his first million as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China. At the of age 22, He founded a liquor company named Solidarnosc Asia which sold a premium brand of vodka called Solid XS. Solid XS eventually had a 50% market share and went on to become a mainstream liquor brand and was being distributed in over 30 cities, pulling in $20 million in annual revenue. Ladi Delano is a 35-year old Nigerian serial entrepreneur who made his first million as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China.
Delano is also the co-founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) – a $1 billion joint venture with the Bakrie Group of Indonesia. Bakrie Delano Africa stands as the Bakrie Groups’ investment partner in Nigeria. he is the billionaire CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa. His company is involved in varied sectors across Nigeria, be it mining, oil, gas, agriculture. He didn’t escape Forbes’s radar either and was named one of Nigeria’s top earners to look out for
Jason Njoku was born on the 11th of December, 1980 in Deptford, South-East London and raised by a single parent, his mother who was a full-time employee at National Health Service. After recording success in Nigerian Entertainment Industry, Jason co-founded SPARK, an investment company with Bastain Gotter and Mary Remmy Njoku in 2013. The company invest, support and develop aspiring Nigerian tech and internet entrepreneurs. SPARK approach to investment is not the typical approach used by Venture Capitalist, they provide legal, marketing, technical and administrative assistance to their funded companies. They have invested in many tech start-ups, some of which have packed bus while some are waxing stronger and stronger. The company’s portfolio includes Drinks.ng, Hotels.ng, Tolet.com.ng, OgaVenue, Paystack and many others.
He has also invested in Blackbet NG, online sports betting brand.
Sijibomi Ogundele born April 8, 1983, and popularly known as Suji because of his company’s name Sujimoto, at 34 is arguably Nigeria’s youngest billionaire is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and real estate mogul, often referred to as Nigeria’s very own Donald Trump due to his high business acumen and taste for luxury buildings. He is the founder and lead partner of Sujimoto Group of Companies which deals in real estate, finance and energy. Sijibomi Ogundele is the CEO of Sujimoto Construction Limited; a trusted one-stop solution provider in Real Estate and Hospitality.
He started his career in risk assessment in 2004, where he moved up to lending in SMEs and set up Moto Finance in Paris which later branched out in Accra, Dubai, Madrid and New York City; achieving significant industry milestones, then later moving into the Nigerian Real Estate industry,additionally into Risk Assessment and Project Management.