Who are the richest women in Nigeria? We often talk about the richest men in Nigeria and Africa and sometimes forget to talk about the richest women. In reality, over the last two decades, women all over the globe and in the continent of Africa have been making financial waves and contributing to the African economy.
In Nigeria, women have also taken their place among the stands of the movers and shakers of the country financial crème de la crop.
Thanks to some wise investments and business acumen as well as creativity, Nigerian women can now go toe to toe against the country’s richest men.
Hence, today, we are going to take a look at the 10 richest women in Nigeria, their net worth, and their businesses. This list is gotten from the Forbes list.
A female politician in Nigeria. She went to school in Nigeria, the US, and England. When she returned, she worked for a Shell petroleum company where she began her career and made her mark.
She later became the president of the spec and was the first female ever to head the organization. She served politically as the Minister of Transportation mines and steel development and also a petroleum minister.
#9 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala $550 million
She is the most educated of all the women on this list and one of the most powerful and respected black women in the world. She has occupied several positions both political and ambassadorial.
As an economist, she has had a seat at the World Bank, where she worked for 25 years and was twice minister of finance in Nigeria. She got her degrees from Harvard University and her PhD and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
#8 Stella Oduah $600 ILLION
A politician and a business tycoon. She is said to be the richest senator in the country. Besides politics, she is also into other businesses. She was the minister of aviation under the Good-luck Ebele Jonathan administration.
Unlike others, her image isn’t as clean due to various allegations against her such as fund embezzlement, fake MBA degree, etc.
#7 Mo Abudu $650 million
Brought up in the United Kingdom, she is among the few women who have left a mark on African soil. She spearheaded the fight against racism and equality after she faced discrimination back then in the United Kingdom.
She has a Master’s in human resource management in the United Kingdom and returned to Nigeria where she was made the head of the human resource department at a top oil company Exxon Mobil.
She is also into media, hotels, human resource companies, and various others. She recently signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix, which is a top media body and now a household name.
#6 Bimbo Alase $750 MILLION
Bimbo Alase is a self-made millionaire who started as the owner of a small furniture business in Lagos, which later grew and was named a leather furniture company. This company is the biggest furniture company in Lagos and Nigeria.
#5 Stella Okoli $800 million
She is the founder and owner of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries, the producer of the popular paracetamol used in the whole of Nigeria. This company has produced over 30 drugs for adults and infants.
#4 Fifi Ejindu $850 million
Fifi Ejindu is one of the super-rich, wealthy people in Nigeria. An architect, businesswoman, princess, and philanthropist. She is the great-granddaughter of King James Ekpo Bassey of Cobham Town in Calabar, and her father is a professor who hails from Uyo in Akwa Ibom. She made her wealth from the oil and gas industry.
#3 Daisy Danjuma $900 million
A lawyer and a politician and holds the place as the third richest woman in Nigeria. She has occupied various political seats. Her career began in the Lagos state ministry of justice as a state counsel.
She has worked with several banks as their legal adviser and was later appointed as the head of the legal department of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). She also made her wealth through the oil and gas sector as she was once a chairman of a top petroleum company, South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO).
She held the position for four years, was later elected as a senator, and spared no expense in heading many committees, mostly for the good of Nigerian women. Daisy is a member of many international and national organizations.
#2 Hajia Bola Shagaya $950 MILLION
She is a business mogul. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Armstrong college in California. She began her business career with the central bank of Nigeria in the audit department in the year 1983.
With the experience gotten, she started importation and the distribution of photographic materials. She brought the Konica photographic brand into Nigeria and West Africa markets.
She has been a member of the unity bank board for over 8years and a managing director of Practoil limited which is said to be one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria.
She is also a member of the recently launched NEPAD business group and a patron of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN). Her taste in cars is costly and exquisite, she owns a Rolls Royce phantom with an estimated cost of 90million naira.
#1 Folorunsho Alakija $1 billion
Folorunsho Alakija is the richest woman in Nigeria and the only female billionaire on the list. She was born and raised in Lagos and still resides in Lagos. In 2015, she was among the most powerful women in Africa, and she was ranked second after Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who was the 87th most powerful woman in the world.
She is the richest in Nigeria and Africa and among the richest black women in the world. She makes her money from oil and gas, fashion, and printing. She is the managing director of the rose of Sharon Group which consists of rose of Sharon prints and promotion limited, digital reality prints limited and she is the executive vice-chairman of FAMFA oil limited.
She also owns a foundation for orphans and widows, through the foundation she empowers them through scholarship and business grants. Her company sponsors the Agbami medical and engineering scheme.
She is also known for her high taste in cars. She owns a Mercedes Benz worth over 20million.
From the above, it can be noted that the majority made their wealth from the oil and gas sector.