The Igbos are Nigeria’s hardest-working tribe, including billionaire businesspeople and women.
According to Forbes’ most recent ranking, these people are among the wealthiest in the nation.
This post discusses the wealthiest Igbo people from the southeast of Nigeria. The top 20 wealthiest Igbo men and women and their net worth are listed below.
1. Arthur Eze – US$5,800,000,000
One of the wealthiest businessmen in the nation, Prince Arthur Eze, has a net worth of US$5.8 billion. His creation, Atlas Petroleum International Limited, and ownership of an oil block in Africa are also his accomplishments.
Since his oil firm, Atlas Oranto Petroleum has operations in Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, among other African nations, Arthur Eze‘s income is primarily derived from the oil and gas sector.
2. Cletus Ibeto – US$3,800,000,000
One of the affluent Igbo men who earn a fortune from the importation business is Cletus Ibeto, a native of Nnewi. He started by bringing auto parts into the country before transitioning to the cement industry.
It is hardly surprising that the Ibeto Group has succeeded in several sectors of the Nigerian economy, including the hotel, banking, real estate, and cement industries, given how well-liked this Igbo industrialist is in society. His net worth is US$3.8 billion.
3. Jim Ovia – US$980,000,000
Jim Ovia founded Zenith Bank, a significant commercial bank in Nigeria and Africa. Wikipedia reports that this successful Igbo businessman has amassed a net worth of US$980 million from real estate and communications investments.
4. Elumelu Tony – US$900,000,000
Given his inclusion on Forbes’ list of the richest individuals in the nation, Tony Elumelu is one of the most influential business people in southern Nigeria. Tony Elumelu is worth $900 million in US dollars.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation aims to identify young people with exceptional talent and train them to become great entrepreneurs in the future. He served as the African Development Bank’s former chairman (UBA).
5. Cosmas Maduka – $800,000,000
Cosmas Maduka comes from Nnewi, which has the most billionaires and richest people in Nigeria. It’s estimated that he’s worth US$800 million.
He is the creator and owner of the renowned Coscharis Group, the biggest automaker in the nation, and an authorized Ford marketer and distributor dealing with vehicles and vehicle components.
6. Orji Uzor Kalu – US$600,000,000
Formerly the richest Igbo man in Nigeria, Orji Uzor Kalu was a powerful politician from the country’s southeastern part.
He belongs to the All Progressive Congress (APC), which is currently in power and controls the nation. He was the former Governor of Abia State.
The SLOK Group, a conglomerate with interests in furniture, shipping, and the media, among other things, is led by Orji Uzor Kalu. He also owns The Sun Newspapers and The News Telegraph, two privately held publications in the country. His estimated net worth of US$6 million.
7. Tony Ezenna – $500,000,000
According to Forbes, Tony Ezenna is one of the richest people in Nigeria. This well-known Igbo businessman is wealthy and well-known in the pharmaceutical industry. His estimated net worth is US$500 million.
Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, real estate, and other industries have contributed to Tony Ezenna‘s wealth. He is the owner of the well-known Orange medications, and because of his wealth, he recently bought a house for billions of Naira. His net worth is estimated at US$500 million.
8. Rochas Okorocha – US$500,000,000
Rich Igbo businessman, philanthropist, and governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Owelle Okorocha. With a US$500 million net worth, he was ranked among the top 10 wealthiest politicians in Nigeria.
The source of his money has long been a source of debate because of his involvement in political issues. He founded the Rochas Foundation, which awards scholarships to children from low-income households, and he is a member of the APC.
9. Pascal Dozie – US$400,000,000
One of the few wealthy Nigerians who does not boast about his money is him. Diamond Bank, recently acquired by Access Bank, was founded by Pascal Dozie. Rich Igbo man Pascal Dozie is a non-executive partner and co-founded Africa Capital Alliance.
10. Ifeanyi Ubah – US$350,000,000
Ifeanyi Ubah has a US$350 million net worth. He is another Igbo businessman who became a politician in Nigeria. He is interested in the oil and gas sector, along with sports and the media.
Ifeanyi Uba hails from the Anambra state town of Nnewi. In addition to owning the Nigerian daily The Authority and the football team Ifeanyi Ubah formed Capital Oil and Gas Industries.
It was rumored that he had invested millions of Naira in a church. Ifeanyi Ubah is one of the richest Igbo men in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth of US$350 million.
11. Dr. Bryant Orjiako (ABC) – US$300,000,000
The wealthiest physician in Nigeria and a significant figure in the nation’s oil and gas sector is Dr. ABC Orjiako. An estimate of his net worth puts it at US$300 million.
Before joining the company, Mr. Bryant Orjiako worked as a practicing orthopedist and traumatologist. This wealthy Igbo man now has holdings in various industries, including building, shipping, and oil.
12. Vincent Obianodo – US$250,000,000
Vincent Amaechi Obianodo started The Young Shall Grow Motors Limited. He is among the Igbo wealthiest transporter in Nigeria. His net worth is US$250 million.
13. Emeka Offor – US$200,000,000
Emeka Offor is one of the richest people in Anambra state and one of the richest men in Nigeria.
He has an estimated US$200 million in net worth, with most of his holdings in the oil and gas and real estate sectors.
14. Leo Stan Ekeh – US$200,000,000
One of the richest guys in the Imo State is Leo Stan Ekeh. He is the CEO and creator of the company that manufactures computer and technical accessories, Zinox Technologies Limited.
Leo Stan Ekeh is thought to have a net worth of US$200 million, making him the richest IT entrepreneur in the nation.
15. John Obi Mikel – US$30,000,000
Nigeria’s richest Igbo football player, with a net worth of US$30 million is John Obi Mikel.
He has represented Tianjin Teda in both the Chinese and English Premier League.
16. Kanu Nwankwo – US$9,000,000
Known for playing for prestigious European clubs and winning awards like African Footballer of the Year throughout his career, Kanu Nwankwo is a retired Nigerian footballer of Igbo ethnicity.
A well-known betting company has sponsorship agreements with Kanu Nwankwo, who has a US$9 million net worth.
17. Linda Ikeji – US$7,200,000
One of the richest Igbo women in Nigeria and one of the wealthiest bloggers is Linda Ikeji.
She was a model before switching to blogging. The best entertainment and gossip website in the nation is lindaikejisblog.com. She has an estimated net worth of US$7.2 million.
18. Nduka Obaigbena – US$7,000,000
One of Nigeria’s top ten richest journalists is Nduka Obaigbena. He established the African daily Thisday and the round-the-clock news channel Arise in Nigeria. He has amassed an estimated net worth of US$7 million.
19. Genevieve Nnaji – US$6,950,000
Another wealthy Igbo woman and well-known Nigerian actress is Genevieve Nnaji. Along with acting, she has other assets and investments. She has accumulated an estimated net worth of US$6.9 million.
20. Arunma Oteh – US$6,000,000
Arunma Oteh comes in last on our ranking of the 20 richest Igbo people in Nigeria. She has held a variety of prominent positions, including Director-General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission and Treasurer of the World Bank. She has a net worth of US$6 million.