This article on the Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria will not only focus on current (incumbent) governors. It will also extend to previous governors who have rulled one state or the ther. From the current statistics of sitting governors, the rihest is Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state. We will look at the rest below.
We know politics is a financial goldmine in Nigeria. Most of the governors here however, do not depend only on their politically entitled enumerations. They ahev some other sides businesses that yield income for them. So, who are the Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria? Let’s find out.
Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria & Their Net Worth
We will decide to start with past governors who have made the list before focusing on the current serving governors. Ready? Set? Go!!!
1. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu was born April 21, 1960. He is the chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers in Nigeria. SLOK Holding is a wholly owned Nigerian consortium of companies that is involved in a wide array of operations, with a strong presence in West Africa. The group operates in all sectors of the economy, with a focus on oil and gas, banking and finance, media and publishing, real estate, trading, manufacturing, insurance and tourism. He served as the governor of Abia State, Nigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Kalu headed First International Bank Limited at the age of 33. Prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the Borno Water Board and the chairman of the Cooperative and Commerce Bank Limited.
2. Donald Duke
Another of the Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria is Donald Duke, a former governor of cross River state from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He received his LLB degree in 1982 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria, the B.L in 1983 from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and a L.L.M. in Business Law and Admiralty in 1984 from University of Pennsylvania. As a governor, he made a lot of initiatives that has lasted till date which incude: the Calabar Christmas Carnival, Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race, and the Tinapa Resort project as a way to boost business and tourism in the state.
3. Ali Modu Sheriff
At the time of his governorship, Ali Modu Sheriff was regarded as the richest governor in Nigeria. He is Borno State’s first governor to serve two consecutive terms (2003–2011). He attended the London School of Business, where he studied Insurance, Banking and Finance. In 1981, he joined his father’s construction company as a Director, later becoming Managing Director. In 1985, he registered his first company. His companies include Meroil Organisation and Union Chase.
Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria (Contd) Present Governors
4. Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha
At the very top of this list is Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha who is currently the Governor of Imo State. The Nigerian billionaire was born the 22nd of September year 1962. Okorocha is the founder of Rochas Foundation and a successful business man., which is a charity foundation comprising special schools all over Nigeria for the less privilaged children in the Nigerian society.
5. Abubakar Sani Bello
He is the current Niger State Governor and the second richest Governor in Nigeria 2018. Also, he occupied the first position in 2016 but was dethroned by Okorocha. He was born 17th December, 1967. According to our research, only his family’s net worth has been listed by Forbes magazine to be among the richest not only in Northern Nigeria, but also in Africa.
6. Kashim Shettima
Kashim Shettima : He is currently the Governor of Borno State and was preceded by Ali Modu Sheriff who was also one of the richest Governor in Nigeria during his time. Shettima was born on the 2nd of September year 1966. He was the Commissioner in the Ministries of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Education, Agriculture and later Health under Ali Modu Sheriff regime.
7. Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike is the current governor of Rivers state, an oil producing state in the Niger Delta and south south area of Nigeria. He is also among the PDP governors in Nigeria at the moment and succeeded Rotimi Amaechi in the state. He is also the best performing governor in Nigeria this year.
8. Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (born 16 February 1960) is the incumbent Governor of Kaduna State and former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head privatisation agency in Nigeria. Also the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007. he and his wife run the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF), set up to honour their daughter who died in 2011.
9. AbdulFatah Ahmed
He was elected Governor of Kwara State in the 26 April 2011 elections. Prior to his elections, he was a banker and public servant. He was a lecturer in Organic Chemistry and later Acting Head of Department at Federal College of Arts and Science, Sokoto, in Sokoto State (1986–1990). He became an Assistant Manager at District Savings and Loans, Lagos (1991–1993). In 1993, he started work with Guaranty Trust Bank in the Credit and Marketing Unit. In 1998, he moved to Societe Generale Bank Nigeria as a Senior Manager/Group Head, Consumer Banking. Later, he became Public Sector Group for the North West region.
10. Akinwunmi Ambode
Akinwunmi Ambode is the current governor of Lagos state. He also has a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Ambode was awarded the Fulbright Program scholarship for the Hubert Humphries Fellowship Programme in Boston, Massachusetts. He also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Advanced Management Programme. Other institutions he attended for courses and programmes, includes Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, England, the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, INSEAD, Singapore and John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard, Boston, US.
Here you have the Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria (Past & Present) & Networth. Comments and contributions? Use the comment box below.