The mere mention of their names alone “speaks” money. These family names gained popularity because of the kind of wealth a member of the family has amassed.
Below is a list of the richest and most popular family surnames in Nigeria
Aliko Dangote is the chairman and CEO of Dangote Group, a business conglomerate producing flour, sugar, cement. His net worth is . For every industry he operates, he controls half or more than half of the market share in the said industry. He was born into a wealthy family as his great-grandfather Alhaji Alhassan Dantata was the richest African while he lived, notwithstanding, he strived to be rich from a very tender age. Today, he’s not just the richest Nigerian, but the wealthiest black man in the world with his investments in Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia. He is estimated to be worth $12.5 billion.
Femi Otedola was born into the family of Sir Michael Otedola, a former governor of Lagos state from 1992 to 1993. He got his start by trading petroleum products in the 80’s and also marketing the family’s printing press. Today he is the Chairman of Forte oil, one of the largest petroleum distribution company in the country, Zenon Oil and Gas Ltd, CEO of Seaforce Shipping Company Ltd, owner of Swift Insurance and one time Chairman of Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja. He also has investments in real estates and power generation. Otedola is a father to famous female Disk Jockey, Florence Otedola A.K.A DJ CUPPY. He is estimated to be worth $1.8 billion.
The Adeleke family surname became popular in 2012 when the music artiste- Davido- came into limelight. Adedeji Adeleke is the founder and Chief Executive of Pacific Holdings Limited which has investments in real estate, banking, transport and oil. He is also the founder of Adeleke University, a privately-owned tertiary institution in Ede, Ondo State. the family’s younger generation is involved in music and entertainment rather than business. David Adeleke, also known as Davido boasts of one of the most successful music careers in Nigeria at the moment. is one of the biggest afro-pop stars of his generation.
Mike Adenuga’s story is analogous to the phrase- “grass to grace”. he was born into a middle-class family in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. He saw himself through school in New York by justling between school and taxi driving. Today, he is Nigeria’s second richest man and the founder and CEO of Nigeria’s second largest Telecom company, GLOBACOM. He is also a major shareholder in CONOIL, an oil and gas company and Equitorial Trust Bank. He lives a very reserved life in one of Nigeria’s most expensive neighbourhood Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria. He is said to be worth $5.8 Billion
Muhammad Indimi is a Nigerian businessman and founder of Oriental Energy Resources. he is also a Chairman of some privately owned companies in Nigeria and currently, he is an In-law to President Muhammadu Buhari. His estimated net worth is $650 Million