The richest man in Nigeria and Africa is Aliko Dangote but most people especially the Igbos want to know who the richest Igbo man in Nigeria is. This post will answer that question.
Igbos in Nigeria and in the world are known for their ability to invest in different businesses. It is no surprise that two Igbo men made it into the 2017 Forbes richest people in Nigeria list.
The wealthiest business igbo man in Nigeria is no other person than Orji Uzor Kalu. He is the Chairman, SLOK Group of Companies, a West African conglomerate with interests in shipping, banking, oil trading, manufacturing and the media.
Orji Uzor Kalu is also the chairman of the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers in Nigeria, he served as the governor of Abia State, Nigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007.
Prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the Borno Water Board and the chairman of the Cooperative and Commerce Bank Limited. Kalu was also a member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and the chairman of the PPA Board of Trustees. He was the party’s candidate for president in the April 2007 general election.
He got his start in business at age 19 after being expelled from a Nigerian university for spearheading a series of student riots. He borrowed $35 from his mother and started trading commodities like palm oil, rice and sugar. He diversified into furniture manufacturing and transportation and became a millionaire by the time he was 20.
He hit the big time in the early 80s when the Nigerian military government awarded him lucrative contracts to import and supply arms and ammunition to Nigeria’s military and defense forces. He was previously a governor of Abia state in Nigeria’s southeast.
As the richest igbo man, Orji Uzor Kalu current Net Worth is estimated to be at $1 billion