Richest Women In Nigeria
These wealthy women have proven that they can break into a man’s world, overcome the gender discrimination and marginalization women face in Nigeria and the African continent.
Here we list the top 10 wealthiest women in Nigeria.
Estimated Net Worth: $2.5 billion
62 year old Folorunso Alakija rose to the billionaire status thank to her gas and oil exploration and production company FAMFA Oil. She is a fashion designer and the Executive Director of her FAMFA Oil.
She studied fashion design in the United Kingdom and started her fashion house company: Supreme Stitches in 1985 in her home country. She rose to prominence as the largest fashion designer in Nigeria within a year.
Hajia Bola Shagaya
Estimated Net Worth: $1.9 billion
Bola Shagaya is the second Nigerian woman to appear on this list. She is the founder and CEO of the conglomerate Bolmus Group Internation with interest in oil, banking and real estate. She is also a broad member of Unity Bank PLC.
Her investment interests are mostly in the oil sector, banking and finance and real estate. Her investments are endless, also being a board member of the National Economic Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD).
Diezani Alison Madueke
Estimated Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Although making her mark as a Nigerian politician, Madueke was the first female president of OPEC and was once the Minister of Transportation in Nigeria.
Her wealth and office came under controversy and various scandals and she was arrested in the UK by the National Crime Agency on suspicion of corruption. Various investigations by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have stated that she has about $2 billion stashed away in various bank accounts.
Estimated Net Worth: $900 million
Wife of Billionaire – General Theophilus Danjuma, Daisy is considered to be the richest female entrepreneur in Nigeria.
She was elected as a Senator in 2003 and was a member of the Senate Committee Chairman on Women Affairs and Youth Development. She was also the Chairman of the ECOWAS Parliament’s Women and Children’s Rights Committee.
She runs several companies across Nigeria under her husband.
Stella Oduah – Ogiemwonyi
Estimated Net Worth: $850 million
Once Federal Minister of Aviation in Nigeria and former Campaign Director of Administration and Finance, Stella is considered to be one of the richest women in the world.
She also worked in NNPC before creating her own company; Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Limited. Presently, she struggles with financial problems as her company went bankrupt. Although she still has a net worth of about $1 billion cash stashed in various bank accounts.
Florence Ita Giwa
Estimated Net Worth: $850 million
Giwa was once the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters of President Olusegun Obasanja, she was elected Senator of Cross River State; her home state.
Just like Madueke, she is also under investigation by the EFCC, for suspicion of corruption. Her current net worth is unknown, but is estimated at from a few hundred million dollars to one billion on various accounts.
Estimated Net Worth: $750 million
Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank, Cecilia Ibru was born in 1946 in Nierai. She is later became the CEO of the Union bank of Nigeria.
Presently, her reputation has been ruined by various fraud and corruption allegations. The anti – corruption police confiscated most of her properties when she was found guilty to fraud charges. However, it is stated that she might still be worth about a billion dollars.
Fifi Ekanem Ejindu
Estimated Net Worth: $600 million
According to Forbes, Ejindu is one of the richest women in the world. She is the granddaughter of King James Ekpo Bassey and daughter of the famous Professor; Sylvester Joseph Una.
She started her own business in 1995 namely; Starcret Industries Limited, Startcret Group Investment Limited and Starcrest Associates Limited with interests in constructions, oil and gas.
She is also an architect and defines her style as Neo – traditional focusing on tribal old style features. Her net worth is put at about $600 million.
Dr. Stella Okoli
Estimated Net Worth: $500 million
Current CEO of Emzorpharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr. Stella is rose into the billionaire status with her drive to make affordable healthcare available to Nigerians.
Her company which has been in service for over 35 years manufactures and distributes over thirty types of pills consumed by millions of Nigeria. She also runs a Non – profit organization called the Chike Okoli Foundation which focuses on fighting diseases and poverty in Africa. Her net worth is estimated at $500 million.
Estimated Net Worth: $250 million
From a small furniture store in Lagos, Alase has rose to prominence as one of the biggest furniture companies in Nigeria.
Her company; Leatherworld Furniture Company is partnered with NIERI – one of the most popular Italian Furniture Company making it one of the best furniture companies in Africa.