Who are the top ten richest actors in Nigeria?
You probably have an idea of how much your favourite actors are making but don’t know who it the richest amongst them all.
Hence, the reason that we compiled the list of top ten richest Nollywood actors and their net worth.
Nollywood is a multimillion naira industry and the third largest movie industry in the world. This has therefore given birth to some talented actors who have risen to fame and wealth through the industry and have featured in various types of movies; comedy, drama, action and thriller suspense.
Many Nigerians enjoy great home videos because of its educative and informative nature with pure emotions. This, therefore, makes many Nigerian actors loved and highly appreciated not only in Nigeria but Africa and the world at large.
Many people also love to listen to Nigerian music, so we compiled a top list of richest musicians in Nigeria you can read here.
It is no wonder that many Nollywood actors and actresses make a fair share of wealth from the industry. However, one must ask; is the movie industry the only source of their wealth?
To get to the bottom of this, we would have to take a look at the list of top ten richest actors in Nigeria and learn a few things about them.
Top 10 Richest Actors In Nigeria
10 PETE EDOCHIE
Net Worth: $3.8MILLION
The veteran actor jumped high in fame in the 1980s. he was a star in “Things Fall Apart” which he played the role of “Okonkwo” and this made him popular across the country and brought him fame and gave him chances to star in many other movies.
He was once a broadcaster at the Eastern Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation before becoming an actor. He was born March 7, 1947 and hails from Enugu state.
The richest movie actor in Nigeria is James Ikechukwu Esomugha popularly known as Jim Iyke with a net worth of $30million. He has starred in over 150 movies.
The top 10 richest Nollywood actors are
Richard Mofe Damijo
9 NKEM OWOH
Net Worth: $3.9MILLION
Gaining his popularity in the 1980s, Nkem Owoh is still a famous comedy character. Also, he is known by the stage name OSUOFIA. He featured in “things fall apart” alongside Pete Edochie.
Some of his notable movies are Taboo, Ukwa, A Fool at 40, Ghana must go, Spanner, Mr Trouble, Osuofia in London. In 2008, he won the African Movie Academy (AMA) award for the best actor in a leading role.
He was born February 7, 1958 and hails from Udi, Enugu state. After his primary and secondary school education, he headed to the University of Ilorin and studied engineering.
He began acting even while in university.
8 JOHN OKAFOR
Net Worth: $4.2MILLION
John Okafor is popularly known by the name MR IBU which he got after the role he played in the movie with the same title in the year 2004. He is also popular for his comic nature.
He regularly signs endorsement deals with top brands. He was born October 17, 1961, and hails from Enugu state.
7 RAMSEY NOAH
Net Worth: $4.5MILLION
He is popular for the series “fortunes” which was aired in the 1990s. Since then he has acted over 100 movies’ He is regarded as Nollywood “Lover Boy”. He began his career as an actor in 1993.
He was born to an Israeli father and a mother of Yoruba descent in Edo state, Nigeria. He completed his primary education in Atara Primary school and his secondary education in Community Grammar School in Surulere, where he grew up.
He completed his tertiary education in Lagos State, where he got a diploma, it was after this that he went into acting.
With Ramsey Noah’s net worth, he made the list of top ten current richest Nollywood actors.
6 MIKE EZURUONYE
Net Worth: $4.7MILLION
First a banker and then an actor. He takes the position of the sixth richest actor in Nigeria and worth $4.7million. His first movie was titled “Broken Marriage”. He has signed endorsement deals with GLO and presently with AIRTEL.
He was born on September 21, 1982. He hails from Abia state and attended Federal Government college Wukari, Taraba and Archbishop Aggey memorial school, Lagos before studying accounting at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He worked as a banker before becoming an actor.
5 SEGUN ARINZE
Net Worth: $5.1MILLION
He was the former head of Actors Guild of Nigeria. He also featured alongside RMD in the series “Ripples”. He is an actor, singer, scriptwriter, producer, director and a voice-over artist.
He does voice over for TV and radio commercials. He was once known as the “Nollywood Bad Boy”
Segun Arinze was born on the 24th of September 1965 to an Igbo mother and a Yoruba father residing in Onitsha. He went to Ilorin to begin his secondary education in Victory College of Commerce, which he later completed in Taba Commercial College, Kaduna.
He finally got his degree in dramatic arts from the then prestigious OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University). He is recognized by an alias; “Black Arrow”, a name gotten from the role he played in a movie with the same name.
4 CHIDI MOKEME
Net Worth: $7MILLION
He is popular for the TV game show “Gulder Ultimate Search”, which he hosted and has featured in over 100 movies. He is also a model, he started his acting career in 1995 and has become successful in his career.
He was born March 17, 1972.
He’s the fourth on the list of Nigeria top ten richest actors.
3 DESMOND ELLIOT
Net Worth: $10MILLION
The actor who is also a director has directed and featured in many movies. He went into politics in the year 2014. He is the third richest actor in Nigeria and has featured in over 200 movies.
He makes his money from directing, acting, politics and many endorsement deals. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the April 11, 2015 elections.
He won best supporting actor in a drama at the second Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award and was nominated for the best supporting actor at the tenth AMVCA. He was born to a Yoruba father and a mother from Delta state.
He attended air force primary school and then went to St Johns College both in Jos. He studied economics at Lagos state university.
2 RICHARD MOFE DAMIJO
Net Worth: $15MILLION
The veteran actor popularly called RMD won the best actor title in 2015. He is loved for his role in “Ripples” television series. He also featured in many blockbuster movies and does voice over for radio and TV commercials.
He has signed many deals for many companies and He was once the commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.
He was born on July 6, 1961. He received a lifetime achievement award at the 12th Africa movie academy award in 2016. He was a member of the drama club in his secondary school; Midwest College and Anglican Grammar School, Warri.
He enrolled in the University of Benin to continue his education and studied theatre art. In 1997, he later went to the University of Lagos to study law and graduated in 2004.
He is the second actor on the top 10 wealthiest actors list.
1 JIM IYKE
Net Worth: $30 MILLION
James Ikechukwu Esomugha popularly known as Jim Iyke is the richest actor in Nigeria with a net worth of $30million. He has starred in over 150 movies.
He is an actor and a businessman, he began his acting career in 2001. He has a bottled water company called “Burgeon Table Water”, a clothing line called “Untamed Closet” and a founder of Jim Iyke Foundation for children with special disabilities.
He was born September 25, 1976 in Lebreville, Gabon and is the only male child in the family of 8 and completed his secondary education in F.G.C Kwalui Abuja from 1985-1991.
He studied in the University of Jos where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and a B.sc in Philosophy. He started a movie production company, untamed production in 2007.
He also owns a music record label, Untamed Records and released his first album titled Who Am I? Featuring some Nigeria musicians.
Jim Iyke is the richest actor in Nigeria as of 2019.
Here’s a summary of the top ten richest actors in Nigeria in 2019.
- Jim Iyke
- Richard Mofe Damijo
- Desmond Elliot
- Chidi Mokeme
- Segun Arinze
- Mike Ezuruonye
- Ramsey Noah
- John Okafor
- Nkem Owoh
- Pete Edochie