Not all doctors are financially buoyant but the medical career is one of the most respected and lucrative professions in Nigeria, no wonder students want to study it at the university and other higher institutions.
For those in the medical line or the curious, you might want to know who the richest doctor in Nigeria is? We shall cover the answer about this multi-millionaire, his assets and how he makes his money in the subsequent paragraphs below.
The richest doctor in Nigeria is Dr ABC Orjiakor
Dr. ABC Orjiakor was recently ranked by Forbes as Nigeria’s richest doctor and one of the billionaire entrepreneurs in the country with a net worth of $1.2 billion dollars and chain of companies and business ventures.
Dr. ABC Orjiakor Biography
Although, Dr. Ambrose Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiakor was born in Calabar, Cross Rivers State on 2nd October, 1960 to late Mrs Rebecca Orjiakor and late Chief Daniel Obiesie Orjiakor, he hails from Uli in Anambra state. He had both his primary and secondary school education in Uli, from 1972 to 1978. He picked up interest in science while in secondary school and was the best in his class. He later pursued his dream course, medicine and surgery at the prestigious University of Calabar. Orjiakor graduated in 1985 as the best student among his set to become a qualified medical doctor.
After graduating from the university, Dr. ABC Orjiakor had his specialty training at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopedic Hospital in Igbobi, Lagos. At LUTH, he specialized majorly in orthopedic surgery and trauma management, but also had a business mindset to be an entrepreneur. From his young age as an undergraduate, he already exhibited leadership qualities as he held various positions such as Chairman, Standing Committee on Education of the African Medical Students Association and the African Regional Director of the International Federation of Medical Students.
After years of practicing medicine, Dr. ABC Orjiakor ventured into full time business in 1996. He invested his money into the oil and gas sector, marine, pharmaceutical, insurance and banking industries. He has continued soaring higher in the business world and till date, he ranks in the business world as one of the youngest achievers of his generation. What also helped him was his affiliations with the top echelons in the Nigerian military most especially Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, a former military head of state.
Even though ABC Orjiakor has never contested for any political position, he is politically active as seen in his support for Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Charles Soludo, a former CBN governor. Aside this, Orjiakor is a philanthropist, helping many Nigerians home and abroad through humanitarian outreach via his foundation, the Daniel Orjiako Memorial Foundation.
He is also a Christian, a practicing Catholic who was awarded the Papal Knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory. ABC Orjiakor has 4 children and a wife who he is happily married to.
Investments & Assets
Most of Dr. ABC Orjiakor’s assets can be found online. The popular ones we know that he is the CEO/Chairman include:
- Ordec Group
- Zebbra Energy Ltd (an energy company which owns the deepwater concession OPL 248 offshore Nigeria)
- Shebah Exploration and Production Co. Ltd (an explotaion firm with 40% stake on the offshore oil bloc OML, which produces over 8000 bpd)
- Helko Marine Service
- Neimeth Pharmaceuticals International
Aside from the above listed companies, He is also the co-founder of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd and is among the richest Igbo men in the country.