Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has dropped out of the list of top
100 richest people in the world. This is largely due to the devaluation
of the Naira. Dangote who owns the second largest sugar-refinery in the
world, remains richer than American billionaires, Donald Trump, and
Oprah Winfrey who ranks as the second richest black woman in the world.
Dangote is now worth $11.1 billion, while Trump and Oprah are estimated at $4.5 billion and $3.1 billion, respectively.
The devaluation of the Naira against the dollar from
about 198 to about 300, has eroded about a quarter of Dangote’s wealth
as he continues to invest heavily in Nigeria. At the launch of the new
foreign exchange regime on June 23rd, Dangote fell from number 46 on the
world billionaire list to 71 and has continued to drop as the Naira
continues to crash.
According to Bloomberg billionaires, Dangote, who was worth $15.4
billion (N3.05 trillion) in March, is now worth $11.1 billion (N3.3
trillion) – richer in naira but poorer in dollars.