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Aliko Dangote’s fortune increased by $4.3b in 2019

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African richest man Aliko Dangote has significantly moved up in the world billionaires’ list as he emerged 96th richest person in the world, with an estimated worth of $14.8 billion as against his previous ranking of 103rd in the world.

Dangote, who remains the richest man in Africa for the eighth year running, was the only Nigerian on the list of the top 100 billionaires as released last week by Bloomberg in its yearly billionaires’ list.
Jeff Bezos remains the richest in the world with $115 billion in his kitty, while Bill Gates and Bernard Arnault followed as second and third respectively with $11.3 billion and $105 billion.

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Warren Buffett was the fourth with $89.3 billion on the world billionaires chart.
Dangote’s estimated worth in the latest Bloomberg ranking far outstrips an earlier ranking by the Forbes Magazine, another elite publication, which placed his fortune at $10.8 billion in the 2019 Forbes Africa’s Billionaires’ list released in January, although he retained the rank as the richest African for the eighth consecutive year in the latter ranking.

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Africa’s richest man, with his improved worth of $14.8 billion, controls Dangote Industries, a closely held conglomerate.
The Lagos, Nigeria-based company owns sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest cement producer, Dangote Cement, which had revenue of N901.2 billion ($2.5 billion) in 2018.

It also has interests in sugar, salt, flour, fertilizer and packaged food.
It would be recalled that Dangote was also recently named as the sixth most charitable man in the world by Richtopia, a digital periodical that covers business, economics and financial news, based in the United Kingdom.
This recognition came after he endowed his foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, to the tune of $1.25 billion
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and J.K Rowlings occupied the first three positions on the World Charitable lists, while Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk occupied the fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Aside Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Chairman of United Bank for Africa, was 11th on the list, and these two were the only Nigerians on that list.
Dangote started his Foundation in 1981, with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education and broaden economic empowerment opportunities.
Aliko Dangote Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a charity in Lagos, Nigeria.

Twenty years later, the Foundation has become the largest private Foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor.
The primary focus of Aliko Dangote Foundation is health and nutrition, supported by wrap-around interventions in education, empowerment and humanitarian relief.


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