What do you know about the African Richest Man?

Few days ago,precisely on the 10th of April 2019,the entire world celebrated the birthday of one of the most popular and influencing enigma and business tycoon cum philanthropist who is presently making the entire human world a place where every human being will have a sense of belonging.


Luckily, this shinning stars hailed from Nigeria but his web of influence has cut across the entire human race to the extent that he has remained the richest African man for years now with hi, being among the first-one hundred richest man in the world.

Due to the fact that he had his birthday in the month of April, he has been chosen by http://mlst.blog as the THE QUINTESSENTIAL for the month of April 2019.


Let’s get ourselves entertained with who this man is.


Aliko Dangote is undoubtedly a rich man– in fact, currently the richest man in Africa. He is a billionaire and the richest man from Nigeria. In addition, he is currently among the richest men in the world today. He came to being in 1957 and he had built his wealth over the years.
Aliko Dangote is a very frequent on Forbes Top 100 list of the richest people. His peak on this list was in 2014 when he became the 23rd richest person in the entire world. Currently, according to the official Forbes website, this businessman is the 66th most powerful person worldwide.

He had grown gradually to become the richest black man on the face of the earth today.Many international magazines such as Forbes, the Enterpreneur, CNN and so on, including popular bloggers in Nigeria.


He was born in Kano and he is presently 62 years old. He has many business interests spread all over Nigeria and he also has several international businesses. He has spread his reach to a number to African countries. He deals in agriculture, cement and several other aspects of the Nigerian economy.


When the estimate of his riches was done in 2015, he was said to have up to $18.6 billion as his networth. As at today, he is at the number 67th position among the richest men in the world. When his networth was measured in 2014, he was at the 23rd position in the world. His family is so prominent in northern Nigeria. The name of his grandfather was Alhaji Alhassan Dantata. Dantata was a big business man in Nigeria when he was still alive. Dangote seems to have taken after his grandfather in the business world.


Dangote actually started business when he was in primary school. He would buy sweet in big cartons and would sell the sweet to the other children in the school in order to make money. His interest in business can therefore be said to have started manifesting from the early part of his life.

When Dangote Group started, it was just a very small trading company. The company was established in 1977. It is however a very big company today that has spread across several African countries. He now has interest in freight, cement production and food processing. He is also a force to reckon with in the sugar industry today in Nigeria. Dangote Flour, Dangote Cement and Dangote Sugar Refinery are undoubtedly among the top companies in Nigeria and a number of other African countries.

Dangote sugar provides up to 70% of the sugar needs in Nigeria. Dangote is also involved in salt supply. The company has interest in fertilizer, pasta, fish and rice importation too. His company equally exports sesame seeds, cocoa, cashew nuts and cotton. He has invested in oil & gas, real estate, transport, banking and textile industries.

As at today, Dangote Group has employed up to 11,000 individuals and he is still expanding to employ others. Over the years, Dangote has won several awards, both in Nigeria and internationally. He also won an African award from Forbes magazine in 2014. He is married with up to three kids.





Aliko Dangote’s Education.


He received his primary education at Sheikh Ali Kumasi Madrasa. Later, he moved on to become a student in Capital High School, Kano. Aliko Dangote obtained his higher education degree in Al-Azhar University, Kairo, where he specialized in business studies and administration.

Originally, Aliko Dangote came from a pretty wealthy and respected family. His grandfather was Alhaji Alhassan Dantata, who once was the richest African before he passed away in 1955. As his father passed away very early, Aliko’s rich grandpa had to take over and become his guardian. However, the story of Aliko Dangote is still very inspirational, because not every wealthy person can still work hard to achieve personal accomplishments, and have such exceptional business skills. Aliko Dangote remembered that during his primary school education, he would go out to buy candy cartons and then sold them to his peers to make some money. Even at this young age, he was already very interested in business and curious about how it works.


There are different reports of how Aliko Dangote began developing his business on a bigger scale. According to some accounts, when he was only 21 years old, he borrowed $3,000 from his uncle, planning on importing and selling agricultural goods in Nigeria. In a few months, his venture became a success, and he was able to repay the loan. As the other version states, it was $2,500, and he borrowed this money from his grandfather, promising to repay loans within three years. He settled in Lagos and started his rice and sugar importation from Brazil and Thailand, and selling the goods in Nigeria. His business quickly reached high demand and became extremely profitable. Aliko paid back the money to his grandfather in three months after starting the venture. Either way, this is how Aliko Dangote started trading agricultural goods. Dangote Group was established in 1977. The same year, Aliko Dangote decided to relocate to Lagos, in hopes to expand the company. At first, Dangote Group was producing some agricultural goods, as well as pasta, flour, and sugar. However, Aliko Dangote’s little business became interesting for lots of people, and they started massively buying the goods that Dangote Group produced. Very soon, this man has become one of not so many Nigerian billionaires. He also won the approval of the government. This is how he was given a cement plant, which eventually become a huge success. Soon, Dangote Group officially became the largest supplier of sugar in Nigeria and gained a very rich and diverse client base. Among Dangote’s clients, were various breweries, confectioneries, and soft drink manufacturers. When he started pursuing and developing his cement plant, it quickly became one of the most successful new entries into the cement manufacturing industry world.Aliko Dangote now owns large companies, which are all branches of Dangote Group.


Aliko Dangote’s refinery is not only the largest in Africa, but also the third largest in the world. Dangote Sugar Refinery produces 800 thousand tones of sugar every year. This man also owns the flour mills and salt factories, which are primary importers of fish, rice, cement, pasta and the fertilizers. It also exports such products as cocoa, cotton, sesame seeds, ginger, and cashew nuts. Aliko Dangote’s group invests in banking, textiles, transport, oil and gas, and real estate.  The billionaire approached the Nigerian Ports Authorities in 2012, with a request of leasing the piece of land which was long abandoned. It was situated in Apapa Port. Dangote’s request was very soon approved, and he got a chance to build flour company facilities on this land. Aliko Dangote has always been the type of businessman who reinvested most of his profit back in business. This is one of the reasons why he has become such a rich and successful business person and the wealthiest person in Nigeria. In one of his interviews where he spoke about his success, he said that Dangote Group is not like other African companies, and they tend not to keep their money in the bank. They make full investments wherever they can, and they always continue investing.


Even though he did not follow the path of many other wealthy Nigerian businessmen whose fortune came from the oil investments, for Aliko Dangote oil is just one of the many ways to earn money. He entered the industry of gas and oil for the additional income. He established Lagos-based oil refinery in 2007. It was estimated that the plant will produce 650,000 oil barrels per day. The British newspaper “Daily Mirror” reported in 2010 that Aliko Dangote was going to purchase a stake of 16 percent in the Premier League football club Arsenal. This stake originally belonged to Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith. However, Dangote went on to deny the rumors. In May 2015 he actually expressed his interest in becoming owner of Arsenal football club. November 2011 was the time Dangote received the award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger. This is the second highest honour in Nigeria. This award was given to Aliko Dangote by the ex-President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. In 2014, the government of Nigeria announced that Aliko Dangote has made a very generous donation towards the prevention of the spread of Ebola virus. According to the government, he has donated N150 million. Some of his other awards are Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2014, Clinton Global Citizen Award 2015, and the number six position in the list “100 Most Influential Philanthropists 2018” created by Richtopia, the company from the UK. He also has honorary citizenship of the Arkansas State, which he was been given with six other Nigerians who have done prominent things for the country. Aliko Dangote is not exactly the example of the “rags-to-riches” story, as he already grew in the wealthy family and had a lot of things that other children did not. But we have to applaud his overwhelming interest in the business which he developed since early childhood. Not all rich people can create such a huge business empire as Aliko Dangote.


Dangote’s wife

A lot of Nigerians are interested whether Aliko Dangote is married. Even though this man is so wealthy and has unlimited amounts of money, he is not able to buy everything. He was married twice and also dated a few women, but none of these unions lasted.


His first marriage was when he was only twenty years old. His wife was chosen for him by his family, and their marriage did not last long. Later, he fell in love with another woman – Nafisat Yar’auda. However, she did not want to marry him and rejected his proposal. The second wife of Aliko Dangote was Maria Muhammad Rufai. This marriage also ended in divorce. After he split up with Maria, the rumors appeared in the media about him romance between him and the beauty queen Sylvia Nduka. They were even rumored to be married in secret. But unfortunately, this union was no more successful than the previous ones.


Aliko Dangote’s children.


The successful mogul is a father to three gorgeous daughters. Their names are Halima, Mariya, and Fatima. Not much is known about them, except the fact that they were very studious, and graduated from universities of the United Kingdom. Despite the fact that their father is so wealthy, they are lead very modest way of life.

The oldest daughter of Aliko Dangote, Halima is married to Sulaiman Sani Bello, and together they have two lovely daughters.




Mariya is a graduate of Coventry University. All the daughters are involved in the family business, and hold the respectable positions at his corporation. Aliko Dangote also has an adopted son, whose name is Abdulrahman Fasasi. The businessman is very proud of all of his children.








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