Let’s name top 20 richest Igbo man and ladies. Who are these people? How did they manage to earn their millions? And who is the richest Igbo man? Find all the answers and even more in our post below.
Igbo people are known for their diligence and broad participation in business life in Nigeria. The Igbo businessmen have been playing significant roles in Nigerian industrial and business spheres for a long time.
Top 20 richest Igbo man and woman
Let’s try to name 20 rich Igbo among Nigerian men who managed to earn decent net worth. Perhaps we’ll call at last the richest Igbo man in Nigeria.
The most worthy Igbo people are pointed out in an arbitrary order. In truth, the exact amount of money, that the richest Igbo men and ladies have, is known only by them.
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Prince Arthur Eze; photo: dezmayorz.org
1. Arthur Eze
Prince Arthur Eze runs Atlas Petroleum International Limited. Mr. Eze owns one of oil exploration blocks in Africa. At present his oil and gas conglomerate Atlas Oranto Petroleum covers business activities in a vast number of African countries. Among them, there are Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and others. Arthur Eze’s net worth is indicated to be 5.8 billion US dollars according to nigerianfinder.com.
2. Cletus M. Ibeto
Cletus Ibeto from Nnewi began his business activity with the importation of spare parts for cars and motorcycles. It’s interesting to know that Nnewi (Anambra state) is a city of entrepreneurs, businessmen, and also Igbo millionaires.
At present Ibeto Group is involved in the manufacturing of oil lubricants and other oil products. At the same time, Ibeto Hospitality, a branch of Ibeto Group, rules many hotels in Nigeria. Moreover, Cletus Ibeto business includes banking and finance and real estate. His current net worth is 3.8 billion US dollars according to nigerianfinder.com.
3. Tony Elumelu
Tony Elumelu is known as one of the most influential persons in Nigeria. He is a perfect economist. Mr. Elumelu is also included in the Top 10 richest men in Nigeria with his net worth of 1.4 billion US dollars according to networthcars.com. Tony Elumelu owns the Tony Elumelu Foundation. He was formerly chairman of UBA United Bank for Africa. Now he leads Transcorp and Heirs Holdings. Mr. Elumelu has interest in real estate, finance, energy, agriculture, and health.
Jim Ovia; photo: www.newdiplomatng.com
4. Jim Ovia
Jim Ovia is a successful Igbo businessman. He foundered Zenith Bank that is considered one of the best banks not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa. Jim Ovia takes his deserved place in the Top 10 richest men in Nigeria. Mr. Ovia also makes investments in the telecommunication as well as real estate.
Dr. ABC Orjiako; photo: themomentng.com
5. Dr. ABC Orjiako
Dr. ABC Orjiako is a heavyweight of the Nigerian oil and business sphere. It’s interesting to learn that Mr. Orjiako was a highly skilled orthopedist and traumatologist before he became a businessman. Doctor ABC Orjiako established SEPLAT. It is one of the biggest Nigerian oil companies.
The successful Igbo businessman also makes investments in some other industry, shipping, the pharmaceutic industry, real estate, and construction.
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Orji Uzor Kalu; photo: www.peoplespostmedia.com
6. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu is written in the list of the richest men in Nigeria too. Mr. Kalu is also an influential politician.He is a fothe governor in Abia state. Now he runs a Slok group. The company deals with a great variety of businesses. Orji Uzor Kalu owns the Sun Newspaper and New telegraph.
Emeka Offor; photo: guardian.ng
7. Emeka Offor
Emeka Offor’s place of birth is Kafanchan in the northern part of Nigeria. He is also one of the wealthiest Igbo men in Nigeria. Emeka Offor is engaged in Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Leo Stan Ekeh; photo: blog.jiji.ng
8. Leo Stan Ekeh
Leo Stan Ekeh established Zinox Technologies Limited. The company is involved in high tech and manufactures computers and other computer-based devices. Currently, Mr. Ekeh leads the Nigerian IT scene. His company sells computers in Nigeria and other countries.
9. Tony Ezenna
Tony Ezenna takes his place on the list of richest Igbo in Nigeria. He has a significant weight in the pharmaceutic industry. Mr. Ezenna earned money due to his pharmaceutic company. Before it, he worked in his family apothecary.
10. Rochas Okorocha
Currently, he is a businessman, education philanthropist, and politician. He is a current governor of Imo State. Besides, Mr. Rochas is the founder of Rochas Foundation. It consists of special schools that are placed all over Nigeria. Such schools give education to poor children. His net worth is 1.4 million US dollars according to www.nigerianinfopedia.com.
Pascal Dozie; photo: guardian.ng
11. Pascal Dozie
Mr. Pascal has UK economic education and runs his business in different spheres. Mr. Dozie is a co-founder, partner, and non-executive partner of Africa Capital Alliance and worked as CEO 1991-2016. Mr. Pascal Dozie is also the founder of Diamond Bank Plc.
12. Cosmas Maduka
Mr. Maduka started as learner at a mechanic workshop when he was seven years old. But currently, he owns Coscharis Group. Coscharis Group is one of the largest Nigerian car companies, dealing with cars and car parts.
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Ifeanyi Ubah; photo: guardian.ng
13. Ifeanyi Ubah
Ifeanyi Ubah is a Nigerian businessman and politician. At present, he owns Capital Oil and Gas Industries and Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club. Ifeanyi Ubah started from scratch, and now he exports motor tires and spare parts in West Africa. At present Ifeanyi Ubah does his business in Belgium and the UK. Also, he is involved in mass media and founded The Authority Newspaper and Nigerian daily newspaper.
14. Vincent Amaechi Obianodo
Mr. Vincent Amaechi Obianodo founded the Young Shall Grow Motors Limited many years ago in the early 70’s. He is a hardworking businessman and one of the trailblazers in Nigerian transportation business.
John Obi Mikel; photo: www.independent.co.uk
15. John Obi Mikel
Enumerating the rich Igbo, we cannot fail to mention the famous Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel. He is also of Igbo origin. Playing for the first-class football clubs all over the world, Obi Mikel made a huge net worth about 30 million US dollars according to tsmsportz.com, although he is not a businessman.
Kanu Nwankwo; photo: dailypost.ng
16. Kanu Nwankwo
Kanu Nwankwo is another well-known football player with the Igbo origin. He made a brilliant football career in the best European clubs of the top division. The Nigerian forward has won many awards. According to some sources, his net worth is 9 million US dollars for today according to www.therichest.com.
17. Nduka Obaigbena
Nduka Obaigbena is a Nigerian media tycoon. He founded the Nigerian based African newspaper Thisday. Besides, Mr. Obaigbena is also the publisher of African focused style and culture magazine, Arise and 24-hour channel news station, Arise News based in Nigeria.
And Igbo women...
Some Igbo women have also made considerable progress and earned quite a lot of money. We'll drop a few names of Igbo wealthy ladies.
Linda Ikeji; photo: guardian.ng
18. Linda Ikeji
Linda started her way to big money with a model career, but then she turned to her blog about show business, secular news, social life fashion, and beauty. In the beginning, Linda Ikeji started her blog at an internet café. But currently, she is the highest paid blogger in Nigeria.
19. Pearlena Igbokwe
Pearlena Igbokwe is the president of Universal Television. It is a branch of NBC Universal Television Group. She is the first woman of African origin to be president of a large television studio in the USA.
Arunma Oteh; photo: www.entrepreneurn.com
20. Arunma Oteh
Arunma Oteh is the treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank. Before this position, she occupied the position of the Director-General in the Securities and Exchange Commission in Nigeria. Arunma Oteh oversaw the regulation of capital markets in Nigeria with Nigerian Stock Exchange.
So all the same, who is the richest Igbo man in Nigeria? Some sources name Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, but others name Mr. Arthur Eze. Whatever it is, both of these gentlemen are very successful They have huge amounts money in their bank accounts like the rest of the men on this Top 20 list.