Executive profile: Aliko Dangote

By Polycarp Kazaresam

Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest man. As of today, Dangote’s net worth is $12.4 billion. The 59-year-old Nigerian was born in Kano and is now settled in Lagos. Dangote studied business at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. 

The Dangote Group

Dangote’s late grandfather gave him a small capital to start a company, so aged 20 Dangote began trading in commodities and building supplies. In 1981, Dangote was able to incorporate two companies, which along with others, now make up the Dangote Group. The Dangote Group comprises publicly-traded real-estate, cement, salt, sugar and flour and much more.  

Dangote Cement

Dangote’s most lucrative venture is Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer. The company generates over 30 million metric tons every year and launched three new plants in 2015. Dangote owns approximately 90 percent of Dangote Cement through a holding company.

Philanthropy

Dangote is also a well-known philanthropist. He has donated millions of dollars to various Nigerian charities. In 2014, he donated close to $1 million to help the continent fight Ebola.  Dangote has received the National Honours Award, the Nigeria’s second-highest civilian honour, for his work within the country.

Personal life

Dangote has four children: Mariya, Halima, Fatima and adopted son Abdulrahman Fasasi. He has been married four times.
 

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