Do you know the richest governors in Nigeria and their net worths? There are a total of 36 states in this West African country, most of which belong to the Northern Geopolitical region of the country.
These states have varying GDPs and the governors have profited off the periodic revenue of their respective states. It is important to note, however, that while politics in Nigeria is usually a sure and easy way to wealth, some of these governors have built their wealth without relying too much on the influence and benefits of their political positions.
Here are ten rich governors in Nigeria.
Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria
10. Governor Seyi Makinde, net worth – $2.9 million
He is currently the Governor of Oyo State, born on the 25th of December 1967. He is a Politician, a Philanthropist and an Engineer, he also established his first private Oil and Gas business called Makon Engineering and Technical Services.
Seyi Makinde is a graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, he has so many Assets and he is a very wealthy and respectable man in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.9 million dollars.
9. Governor Bala Mohammed, net worth – $5.8 million
Bala Mohammed also makes it the ninth on this list. He is currently the Governor of Bauchi State, born on October 5th, 1958.
He was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and also a Senator for Bauchi State before he became the Governor of Bauchi State on the 29th of May, 2019.
Bala Mohammed is a graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in English.
He has worked in so many federal offices and ministries, including power and steel, transportation and aviation, internal affairs, and solid minerals.
He is among the current wealthiest and most influential leaders in the country with an estimated net worth of $5.8 million dollars.
8. Governor Yahaya Bello, net worth – $5.9 million
Governor Yahaya Bello happens to be the Governor of Kogi State at the moment and was born on the 18th of June 1975. He is a Nigerian politician and a great businessman.
Yahaya Bello is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business administration. As an aspirant, he made a notable milestone in his political journey when he became the governor of Kogi State on the 27th day of January, in the year 2016.
He has lots of stocks investment in oil and gas, transportation and real estate and also created job opportunities for unemployed youths. Yahaya Bello is worth around $5.9 million dollars.
7. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, net worth – $29 million
Tambuwal is one of the richest governors in Nigeria. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is the Governor of Sokoto State and was born on the 10th of January 1966.
Aminu Tambuwal is a graduate of law and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is also a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and served as the 10th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria.
He is married with two children. One of the most affluent and influential Governors with a net worth of over $29 million today, making him quite rich.
6. Governor Godwin Obaseki, net worth – $230 million
Governor Godwin Obaseki is one of the top 10 richest governors in Nigeria. He is currently the Governor of Edo State, born on the 1st of July 1957. A Nigerian politician and businessman, he was once a chairman of Edo State’s economy and strategy.
He also served as an executive board member of several private companies including Afrinvest. This man served in the Nigerian securities and exchange commission committee on the re-activation of the Nigerian bond market and the reviews of investments.
Also, he served as a member of the Nigerian stock exchange. He currently owns a non-governmental organization (NGO) and he was also awarded the best performing governor of the year in 2019 October. Currently, he is known to have a net worth of $230 million dollars, a big leap from his predecessor on our list.
5. Governor Willie Obiano, net worth – $305 million
Governor Willie Obiano is the present Governor of Anambra State. Willie Obiano was born on the 8th of August 1955 in Anambra State the Eastern part of Nigeria. He is a Nigerian politician and a banker. He is also a graduate and has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master’s in business administration.
The leader started his banking career at First Bank in 1981 before he left and started working at Chevron Oil PLC in Nigeria as an accountant before he became the Chief Internal Auditor. He also worked as a Deputy Manager and Head of the Audit Unit in Fidelity Bank and rose to the position of Executive Director in October 2003.
Willie Obiano left his banking career to join the Nigerian Political system and became the Governor of Anambra State on March 14th 2014. He is now valued at $305 million dollars. He is also one of the richest politicians in Nigeria.
4. Governor Dapo Abiodun, net worth – $316 million
Dapo Abiodun is the fourth richest governor in Nigeria. Governor Dapo Abiodun This Governor of Ogun State was born on the 29th of May 1960. He is a politician as well as a businessman, and also the Managing Director of the top Nigerian oil and Gas Heyden Petroleum, he is the founder of First Power Limited.
Dapo Abiodun’s net worth sits at over $316 million dollars, making him among the top five on the list in Nigeria.
3. Governor Nasir EL-Rufai, net worth – $410 million
He is currently the Governor of Kaduna State and was born on February 16th, 1960. He worked in so many public offices and sectors, which gave him a great chance of becoming a governor in Nigeria.
Nasir EL-Rufai is a first-class degree graduate in Quantity Survey and also has a master’s degree in Public Administration. Right now, he is actually quite rich, with a $410 million dollar net worth.
2. Governor Nyesom Wike, net worth – $555 million
Governor Nyesom Wike was born on the 13th of December 1963. He is also the 14th richest politician in Nigeria. His political career started as an executive chairman of the Obio Akpor local government area in Rivers State from 1999–2007, and he later became the chief of staff to the Governor of Rivers State in July 2011.
He was later appointed as the Minister of Education by President Goodluck Jonathan and was promoted to be the Federal Minister of Education in September 2013 and finally became the Governor of Rivers State on the 29th of May 2015.
He is agreed to be one of the best performing Governors in Nigeria at the moment with a great personality and is ranked second on our list with a net worth of $555 million dollars.
1. Governor Sani Bello, net worth – $1.5 billion
Sani Bello is the richest governor in Nigeria. Governor Sani Bello is the highest-ranked on our list, he is the Governor of Niger State at this time, he was born on the 17th December 1967. He came from a very wealthy and respectable family, a fact that has largely contributed to his present wealth.
Sani Bello is worth over $1.5 billion dollars and has carved a name for himself, not just on our list, but also on the hearts of his people.