Ukpono Anietie, PH
Nigeria is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, so there’s money to go round for development purposes.
Nigeria is said to be one of the countries that pays their politicians so much.
Governors at state level benefit from the mammoth pay. Though some governors have businesses before coming to serve. This article is geared towards showcasing the richest governors in Nigeria.
See the list:
- ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO
Abubakar Sani Bello is undoubtedly the richest governor in Nigeria. He is a native of Niger State
He was born on 17 December 1967 into the family of Colonel Sani Bello, a billionaire and one time Military Governor of the old Kano State.
The 54 years old attended the Nigerian Military School from 1980 to 1985. After his graduation from the military school, he proceeded to the University of Maiduguri where he bagged a B.Sc degree in Economics.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is married to Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello, a daughter to Nigeria’s former military head of state, General Abdusalami Abubakar. She is a Doctor of Medicine. Their union is blessed with three children.
Abubakar served as Commissioner for Commerce and Investment from 1999 to 2010 when Aliyu Abubakar was the governor of Niger State. Abubakar has however chaired other notable organizations like Dana Air, Millennium Travel & Tours, and others.
Abubakar won the gubernatorial election he contested in as APC candidate in 2015. He got re-elected 2019.
CAR: His official car is Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. His other cars are unknown.
NET WORTH: Wealth is not new to Abubakar because he was born in one. His estimated net worth is $1billion ( N430 billion).
- NYESOM WIKE
Nyesom Wike is the Executive Governor of Rivers State. He is from Rumuepirikom in Obio Akpor, Rivers State. He was born on 13 December 1967. He’s married and has 3 kids.
Wike attended the Rivers State University of Science & Technology where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Law and Masters of Art Degree in Political & Administrative Studies.
When it comes to politics in Nigeria, Wike is a force. He has served in the local, state and federal level. He was the Local Government Chairman of Obio Akpor (1999-2007).
In 2007, he was made the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.
During Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s government, he was appointed Minister for State Education. After the then Minister of Education was sacked as a result of reshuffling, Wike was made Acting Minister of Education. He later resigned to run for the office of the governor of Rivers State.
He won the gubernatorial election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 and got re-elected in 2019.
Wike has a Mansion in Ada George, Port Harcourt. He also has fleet of cars:
BMW X7 Sedan
Range Rover SUV
NET WORTH: Wike has an estimated net worth of $550 million ( N237 billion).
- NASIR AHMAD EL-RUFAI
Nasir El-Rufai, born on 16 February 1960. He’s a native of Kaduna State and he’s married to three wives and has many children.
El-Rufai has a thing for education; it is evident in his school profile. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying. He did a Masters program in Business Administration.
He also attended post-graduate programs at Harvard and Georgetown Universities.
The 62 years old founded El-Rufai & Partners. It’s quantity surveyor consulting firm that consulted and received contracts. They hit gold when they received a contract worth millions of Naira constructing Abuja.
He has held managerial positions with AT&T and Motorola Inc.
El-Rufai has a foundation, Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF) he runs with one of his wives in honour of his daughter who died in 2011.
Before emerging the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai has served as the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
CAR: He has a bulletproof Lexus LX 570 SUV.
His estimated net worth is $460million
- ADEDAPO OLUSEUN BIODUN
Dapo Biodun (fully known as Adedapo Olusegun Biodun) was born May 29 1960 in Ogun State. He’s married to Bamidele Abiodun and their marriage is blessed with five children.
Dapo has a degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia.
He had certificate scandal prior to the general election in 2019. According to him on Channels Television, he said he never claimed to have bagged a certificate in Obafemi Awolowo University. He claimed to have been a student of the school but never graduated.
His journey in the political affairs of the the country hasn’t been rosy, he contested the Ogun East Senatorial Seat under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress but lost out to Buruji Kashamu of the People’s Democratic Party.
He defeated the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Ogun State to be sworn in as governor on 29 May 2022.
The 62 years old is the CEO of Heyden Petroleum Ltd. According to reports, he is the founder of First Power Limited. In 2018, the president of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari appointed him Chairman, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
CAR: Governor Dapo Abiodun rides a Toyota Landcruiser Prado as his official car. His personal cars are still unknown
His estimated net worth is $340 million
- GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI
Godwin Obaseki is a politician and a business man. He was born July 1 1957 and he is married. Report has it that he does not have a child.
Obaseki graduated from the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics.
In his post-graduate studies in Columbia University and Pace University where he obtained degrees in Finance and International Business.
Obaseki has always been a business enthusiast. He worked as a stock broker with Capital Trust Brokers Limited in Lagos and has a wealth of experience in several financial institutions.
Obaseki resigned from his position as Chairman of board of directors in Afrinvent to contest for 2016 gubernatorial election under the platform of All Progressive Congress in Edo state.
Obaseki won Osagie Ize Iyamu of the People’s Democratic Party in the gubernatorial election to become governor of Edo State.
In 2020, Obaseki was denied a spot by APC to run for the gubernatorial election. He defected to PDP to contest for the election. He won Osagie Ize Iyamu the second time who too decamped to APC from PDP.
Obaseki is the current Executive Governor of Edo State.
NET WORTH: His estimated net worth is $230 million