- Dangote Net worth Jumps $6.08bn in 2019
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, net worth rose by 58 per cent in 2019 to $16.6 billion.
Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a live ranking of the world’s 500 richest people, shows Dangote’s net worth grew from $9.72 billion on January 10, 2019, to $10.8 billion on February 25 and suddenly jumped by $5.8 billion within 24 hours to $16.6 billion on February 28.
Dangote, the 65th richest person in the world, is now the second largest mover after Andrew Forrest, the founder and biggest shareholder of Fortescue Metals Group, whose net worth grew by 59 per cent in 2019.
Paul Wallace, a Bloomberg correspondent in Nigeria, attributed the sudden jump in Dangote’s wealth to the inclusion of its new fertilizer plant in his net worth.
Although, no value is attributed to the refinery in Bloomberg’s analysis because its still under construction, there is a clear indication it could push Dangote to the top of the leader with projected annual revenue of $30 billion, according to Dangote himself.
Critics have attacked, the world’s sixth most charitable person, for holding much of his wealth offshore and say he’s a shrewd monopolist who has plied his political connections to secure an advantage over competitors.
Dangote shrugs off such criticism while saying the best way to narrow the divide between poor and the rich is to enhance economic productivity and growth. He said, “China in 30 years has taken almost 500 million people out of poverty.”
“Dangote controls Dangote Industries, a closely held conglomerate. The Lagos-based company owns sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest cement producer, Dangote Cement, which had revenue of N805.6bn ($2.4bn) in 2017. It also has interests in sugar, salt, flour, fertiliser and packaged food,” said Bloomberg.
Dangote Cement grew profit after tax by 91.1 per cent in 2018 to N390,325 billion.