In this post, we will be focusing on the richest governors in Nigeria and their net worth but before we get started, lets clear some things. To begin with, we all know that politics is probably the best business you can venture into this country. While some politicians have made themselves through politics, the same thing cannot be said about others. These men on our list have made themselves rich through other businesses. In fact, most of these men were already rich before even venturing into politics.
1. Rochas Okorocha
Rochas Okorocha is currently the richest governor in Nigeria. He is the governor of Imo state and he has been in office since 2011. He is a philanthropist and he is the founder of Rochas Foundation. Rochas Okorocha contested for the 2015 APC presidential ticket against President Muhammad Buhari. He is believed to be worth over $1billion.
2. Abubakar Sani Bello
Abubakar Sani Bello is the current Governor of Niger State and he was born on 7th December 1967. He used to be the richest Governor in Nigeria before he was dethroned by Rochas Okorocha in 2016. He is the eldest son of former military Governor of old Kano state, Col Sani Bello (RTD). We can`t truly mention a specific value for his net worth, but it is definitely above $700 million. In fact, his family was listed to be among the richest in Africa.
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3. Kashim Shettima
Kashim Shettima is the third richest Governor in Nigeria and currently the Governor of Borno state. He was born on the second of September 1996 in Maiduguri, Borno state. To begin with, he was a lecturer in Agricultural Economics before moving into the banking sector. He then moved to politics after spending several years in the banking sector. His net worth is valued around over a $600 million.
4. Nyesom Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike was introduced to politics in 2011 when he was appointed as the Minister of State for Education. After some time, he resigned in order to campaign for the role of the Governor of Rivers state. He later succeeded in becoming the Governor after defeating Dakuku Peterside in 2014. He has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
5. Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Nasir El-Rufai is the current Governor of Kaduna state. To begin with, he used to be the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Also, he was once the Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head privatization agency in Nigeria. His net worth is believed to be around $24 million.
6. AbdulFatah Ahmed
AbdulFatah Ahmed was elected as the Governor of Kwara state on the 26th of April 2011. Earlier, he was a banker, a civil servant and a lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In addition, he was once the acting Head of Department at Federal College of Arts and Science, Sokoto. He is reported to be worth around $22 million.
7. UmaruTanko Al-Makura
UmaruTanko Al-Makura was once a businessman before moving into the world of politics. He finished from the University in 1978. Before venturing into politics, UmaruTanko formed Al Makura limited. This company was into importation and servicing of agricultural and industrial machinery. Then, he started investing in real estate property development. He now has properties in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, and Washington DC, the United States hence making a huge sum of money.
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8. Akinwwunmi Ambode
Akinwwunmi Ambode may not have secured his second term as the Governor of Lagos state, but he sure has a lot of money keep him comfortable for a very long time. He is the founder of founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited, a Public Finance and Management Consulting firm
9. Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari
Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari was elected Governor of Zamfara State on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2011. We can`t really give an exact value for his net worth but he is definitely worth millions of dollars.
10. Rauf Aregbesola
Last but certainly not the least is Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, current Governor of Osun state. He has ruled the state for the past 8 years. He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
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