Having a private jet seems to be one of the major ways that various financially elite Nigerians choose to show off their wealth and opulence. It is not an understatement when we tell you that private jet owners in Nigeria belong to a very minute minority in the country.
They range from celebrities, to popular business men, to even politicians and of course, pastors; who for some reasons are always being criticized for owning private jets.
While no pastor or politician would be criticised here as there is no need for that, we would still do our best to satisfy your curiosity on the matter. We would take a look at these private jet owners, what they do for a living and what types of jet they own.
This curiosity has always been a lingering existence in the minds of the average Nigerians, but it was fuelled to new heights in 2017, during the wedding celebration of the daughter of Ibrahim Babangida in Niger state, when about 30 private jets were said to have touched down in Minna.
These private jets belonged mainly to Nigerian politicians. There are still a lot of Nigerian individuals out there who own a private jet. It is important to know that it costs between $2.3million- $50million on average to buy a private jet and $700,000 to $4million per year, just to maintain.
These figures of course largely depend on the size of the air crafts.
List Of Private Jet Owners In Nigeria
So who are the Nigerians capable of owning these financial air beasts? Well, we would classify them into four groups:
- Politicians with private jets.
- Celebrities with private jets
- Businessmen with private jets
- Pastors with private jets.
Nigerian Politicians Who Own Private Jets
Yes, there is a popular notion that describes Nigeria’s politicians as crooks and corrupts swindlers of money meant to improve the lives of the common folk.
Sadly, this notion is not without reason, and the fact that these politicians own private jets does nothing to deter this notion. Here is a list of a few politicians who openly own private jets.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Owning a total of four (4) private jets has made the able senator to rank second in the list of people with the largest fleet of private jets in the country, a feat that he shares with the popular pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo.
In the past, he held significant political positions, some of which include; Member of The House of Assembly and Governor of Borno State. This esteemed member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has jet a fleet that is made up of one Gulfstream G650 and three Dornier’s.
Orji Uzor Kalu
Hailing from Abia state, this one-time governor is one of the wealthiest politicians, accumulating so many private jets over his tenure. One of his five private jets, the Gulfstream G650 is believed to be worth a little over N11 billion.
His other jets comprise of three Gulfstream IV and one Bombardier’s Global EXP XRS.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Popularly called Tinubu, and having served as the governor of Lagos, Tinubu has proven himself to be one of the most influential politicians in Nigeria. With his wife as a representative of the senatorial district, it comes as no surprise that this political mogul owns two private jets worth billions of Naira.
The former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, has been known to buy the Embraer Legacy made in Brazil, a jet which he claims is meant for the state government.
Godswill Akpabio is the former Governor of Rivers state. During his tenure, he bought a Gulftream, which he, like Rotimi Amaechi, also claims to be a property of the state govt.
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma
Known to own a 900XP Hawker jet, this Politician/ Philanthropist also happens to own a Challenger 605 Bombardier.
Celebrities with Private Jets in Nigeria
Being a celebrity is not by any means an easy feat. One has to always protect what little is left of their privacy. Little wonder most celebs would either buy or hire a private jet as a means of long distance transport. It provides a means of convenience and privacy.
Here are a few celebrities who have been known to own a private jet.
Being the son of Nigerian billionaire Adedeji Adeleke has proven to have its perks when it comes to Davido. The Nigerian Musician is in record, the youngest Nigerian to own a private jet.
With his Bombardier Challenger 605, it is little wonder why he can afford to show off his luxurious lifestyle on social media.
Although the model of his jet has not been confirmed, Wizkid has been known to travel around with private jets and has hinted at many times that he might own one.
This comes as no surprise, considering the fact the singer is a worldwide celebrated artiste and a wealthy one at that.
The Nigerian female artist has a doting father who supports and encourages the pursuits of his beloved daughter in the music industry. Soaring alongside her ever musical career is her very own private jet.
With a net worth of over $10million, Don Jazzy chooses to fly private. He is one of the greatest producers and musical mentor in the Nigerian music industry.
He owns his own record label, which has produced numerous stars over the years.
Before the “great split”, this duo produced so many hits and their music truly appeals to the Nigerian Audience. When they were together, it was common news that they owned a private jet with which they went on tours. It however is unknown what has become of the jet since their split.
Business Men with Private Jets in Nigeria
Being the second richest man in Nigeria, and wealthiest Yoruba business man in Nigeria, Mike Adenuga having a fleet of private jets comes as no surprise to anyone.
In Nigeria, being the owner of Globacom Nigeria and various other business networks in the country, his wealth is second only to the Almighty Dangote.
In fact, Mike Adenuga has appeared quite a number of times on Forbes list. His fleet of jets are comprised of; Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global Express XRS and Bombardier Challenger 604.
Having a firm root in the oil sector, her oil business network has procured a massive amount of wealth over the years, giving her a net worth of $1.2 billion.
According to Forbe’s list, she is Nigeria’s richest woman and the second richest and the second most influential woman in Africa. With all these qualities, it should come as no surprise that she can have a private jet of her own.
The Global Express XRS happens to be the name of her private Jet.
With a net worth of $10.9 billion, Aliko Dangote has earned his place as the richest black man on the planet and the 67th richest man in the world. These titles are backed up by his massive business network found all around the world.
He also has maintained the top spot on Forbe’s list as Africa’s richest man. It should be noted that even though this business mogul has his own fair share of private jets, he doesn’t have the same number of jets that is owned by the politician Orji Kalu.
Igo Charles Sanomi II
Sanomi has made a reputation for himself in various sectors of the economy, be it real estate, aviation and even the oil sector. He is one of the few truly successful business men in Nigeria.
He owns a private jet which has been identified as non-other than the Bombardier Challenger 605.
A renown Nigerian Businessman, Femi Otedola is the founder of Zenon Oil and gas ltd. He also owns various other business networks across the country and the world at large. Although it wasn’t specified what type of jet he own, it has however been confirmed by some sources that he owns a private jet.
This Businessman hails from Kogi state. He has been reported to own at least four Private Jets. His business interest spans a wide variety, from hard core engineering services to even property management.
Nigerian Pastors that own Private Jets
Indeed, this wonderful list would truly be incomplete if we fail to mention this category of individuals in Nigeria. Their lavish lifestyle has led to serious criticism from the public, but this has not stopped them from enjoying themselves and going as far as to buy private jets.
While some argue that it is wrong, others see no fault in their actions. We however are only obligated to showing you which Nigerian pastors own private jets.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop Oyedepo is the founder and General Overseeing Bishop of Living Faith Church, aka winners’ chapel. Forbes magazine decleared him to be the richest pastor in Nigeria as at 2011.
This is further verified by the fleet of private jets that he has accumulated over the years. He has a total of 4 private jets; Bombardier challenger 604, Grumman gulfstream I (G-159), Gulfstream IV (G-IV) and Gulfstream V (Gee-5).
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Popularly called daddy G.O. by his followers, the RCCG world general overseer has over $60 million worth of private Jets. He has two private jets so far, namely; Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream GIV.
Prophet TB Joshua
Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is the founder and head of the synagogue church of all nations SCOAN. His church has a TV network called Emmanuel TV, he has generated millions in net worth and is regarded as a philanthropist. He has one private jet which is a Gulfstream G550 model.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
He is the founder and head pastor of the “Word of Life Bible Church”, which is located in Delta state. In 2010, he was elected and assumed the position of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He has garnered lots of wealth over the years, and is currently the owner of a Bombardier challenger 601.
There are many other pastors who have been rumoured to own private jets, such as Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Bishop Mike Okonkwo and Apostle Johnson Sulieman. However, for reason unknown, they have decided to keep the details of their jets a secret.
There you have it, a list of influential high class Nigerians who own a private jet. Of course, the list of private jet owners in the country is longer than this, but these people mentioned above are those who are comfortable with displaying their private jets to the public eye.