Three Nigerians are among the 2021 Forbes list of billionaires in dollars across the world according to Forbes global ranking of wealthy people.
They are Aliko Dangote, chairman of Dangote Group; Mike Adenuga, chairman of Globacom; and Abulsamad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA group.
However, Folorunso Alakija, executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, fell off the list — second year in a row. The oil tycoon dropped off the global billionaires’ list in 2020, although she still emerged as 20th richest African billionaire in 2020. after she was ranked 1,941 out of 2,153 billionaires in 2019.
The oil tycoon dropped off the global billionaires’ list in 2020, although she still emerged as 20th richest African billionaire in 2020.
Adenuga, Nigeria’s second richest man, ranked 440th richest in the world with a net worth of $6.1 billion, up from $5.6bn in 2020, while Dangote retained the top spot of Africa’s richest person with a net worth of $11.5 billion, making him the 191st wealthiest person in the world.
Rabiu emerged as 574th richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of $4.9 billion. He also maintains the position of sixth wealthiest person in Africa.
Despite the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Forbes said an additional 660 individuals were added to its 2021 billionaires list. This indicates that where opportunities were not available in many sectors, others were cashing in big time on new opportunities.
“It’s been a year like no other, and we aren’t talking about the pandemic. There were rapid-fire public offerings, surging cryptocurrencies and skyrocketing stock prices,” Forbes said, maintaining that 2021 list reflects that the year might end up with more billionaires if the trend continues.