9. JIM OVIA
Jim Ovia is the man behind the success story of one of Nigeria’s top banks, Zenith Bank. He has an estimated net worth of $1 billion.
He is alumnus of Harvard Business School and is well known to have introduced many innovations to the banking industry. He was responsible for leading Zenith Bank to become one of the largest and most profitable banks in the country. He’s currently the chairman of the bank.
He was also the founder of Visafone Communications Limited which has since been acquired by MTN.
Jim Ovia is also the chairman of the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI), Cyberspace Network Limited and the National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC). Additionally, he is a member of the Honorary International Investor Council as well as the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).
10. OBA OTUDEKO
Oba Otudeko has an estimated worth of $650 million. He is the founder of the Honeywell Group. He is also the chairman of FBN Holding Plc.
He was born Ayoola Otudeko and he trained as an accountant at the Leeds College of Commerce in the United Kingdom which is now the Leeds Beckett University.
Oba Otudeko worked as banker for over 2 decades rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Bank in Ibadan. Over the years, he has attended executive management programmes in Switzerland and U.S.A, one of which is at the Harvard Business School.
Oba Otudeko has investments spread across different sectors which include oil and gas, trading, financial services, real estate and marine transportation.