Aliko Dangote Richer Than Trump, Abramovich and Oprah.
Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote group, is now richer than Donald Trump, Republican front runner; Roman Abramovich, owner of Chealsea football club and Oprah Winfrey, the richest black woman.
Dangote, who came in at the 51st position of the 2016 ranking by Forbes Magazine, is also richer than the combination of all other Nigerians who made the list.
Despite losing $300 million from $15.7 billion (N3.1 trillion) to about $15.4 billion, (N3.05 trillion) in the latest rankings, Dangote remains the richest black billionaire anywhere on the planet.
At $15.4 billion, the 58-year-old is richer than Abramovich ($7.6 billion), Oprah ($6.2 billion) and Trump $4.5 billion.
Bill Gates remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of $75 billion, “despite being $4.2 billion poorer than a year ago. He has been No. 1 one for 3 years in a row and topped the list 17 out of 22 years”.
Amancio Ortega moves up to the second spot for the first time, displacing Mexico’s Carlos Slim, who slips number four, while Warren Buffett remained steady in third position.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had the best year of all billionaires, the 31-year-old adding $11.2 billion to his fortune and moved up 10 places from 16 to the sixth spot.
The global economic volatility and plunge in commodity prices also affected the billionaires’ list, as the 16 billionaires fell of the list.
“Volatile stock markets, cratering oil prices and a stronger dollar led to a dynamic reshuffling of wealth around the globe and a drop in ten-figure fortunes for the first time since 2009,” Forbes said.
We are yet to see a Zambian appear on the forbes’ richest people on earth but till then we shall continue working hard and let God do the rest.
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