It is a widely known fact that Igbo people are among the most industrious tribes in Nigeria. You will agree with me that the Igbos are never dull when it comes to business and making money matters. Due to the hard-work of the Igbo people, we see them coming out top in different fields of life. In this article, we are going to be discussing the top 6 richest Igbo men in Nigeria.
6. ABC Orjiako
Before migrating to Business, ABC Orjiako was a successful orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. He had worked at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopaedic Hospital before founding his own business company.
Orjiako was the CEO of Shebah E&P Company, an oil exploration firm in Nigeria. Orjiako is the chairman of Zebbra Energy Limited. His other business interests include shipping, banking, insurance and even pharmaceuticals. He is the chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International PLC. ABC Orjiako has an estimated net-worth of $1.2 billion.[AdSense-A]
5. Tony Elumelu
The Chairman and the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu is among the top richest Igbo men in Nigeria. He was the Chief Executive Officer of UBA and during his tenure, he was able to transform Nigerian banks to a pan-African institution in over 19 African countries.
Tony Elumelu is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and is popularly known to have served in different big governmental and non-governmental organizations. Tony Elumelu has investments in financial services, energy, real estate, hospitality, agribusiness and the healthcare sectors and his estimated net-worth is $1.4 billion thereby counting him in among the list of the top 5 richest Igbo men in Nigeria.
4. Rochas Okoroacha
Rochas is one of the richest men in the country. Although you hardly see him on the list on various sites, he is said to be the wealthiest politician we have in Nigeria today.
Rochas is the former governor of Imo state. Even though, there are controversies surrounding him at the moment due to the erecting of statues and appointment of his sister as commissioner of happiness in his state, he came from a humble back ground.
Rochas Okorocha parents were poor. Hence, he began the struggle for survival with hawking of groceries in Barkin Ladi, Jos and rose to become a proprietor of a commercial school. See more about his biography here. His current net worth is estimated at $1.5 million.
3. Benedict Peters
The founder of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, happens to be among the list of the top 5 richest Igbo men in Nigeria with an estimated net-worth of $2.7 billion. His Aiteo Group has business focus in energy and oil.
Peters obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and Town Planning at the University of Benin. This Igbo man was born in Abakaliki and began his career in Oil and Gas industry in the early 1990s before founding Aiteo Groups in 2008. It is noted that Aiteo Group owns one of the largest petroleum tank farms in Nigeria.[AdSense-A]
2. Cletus M. Ibeto
Born in Nnewi, Anambra state in 6th of November 1952, Cletus Ibeto is noted to be among the list of the richest Igbo men in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion. Ibeto is the head of the Ibeto Group, a conglomerate with business focus in petrochemical industries, cement, real estate, automotive parts, hospitality as well as banking and finance.
In 1996, it is worthy to note that the Ibeto Group had diversified into the petrochemical industry where the company engaged in the blending of oil lubricants and the production of petroleum products for both local and international markets and presently, the Ibeto Groups has the largest liquid storage facilities for the production of petroleum in Nigeria.
1. Arthur Eze
The founder of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, founded in the year 1991, Arthur Eze is one among the list of the top 5 richest Igbo men in Nigeria. His Oil and Gas Company has assets in Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Liberia. Having studied chemical and mechanical engineering, Eze graduated from the California State University, Long Beach in 1978.
It is worthy to note that Arthur Eze has a net worth of over $5.8 billion. This man, apart from business, is also involved in politics. He owns a private jet worth $25 million and he is popular for his philanthropic deeds.