Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Aliko Dangote drops out of Top 100 Rich list following Naira devaluation
Dangote was the 51st richest man in the world as at March 2016, but he dropped to 101th place yesterday.
Dangote, who owns the second largest sugar-refinery in the world, remains richer than Donald Trump, American billionaire and presidential candidate, and Oprah Winfrey, US TV personality, 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 fall of the naira against the dollar from about 198 to over 300 shaved off about a quarter of Dangote’s wealth, as he commits to investing heavily in Africa’s largest economy.
At the launch of the new foreign exchange regime on June 23, 2016, Dangote fell from 46 on the world’s billionaire list to 71, and has continued in that manner as the local currency continues to plunge.
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.
The launch of Dangote refinery, the biggest greenfield refinery in the world, billed for 2018/2019 is expected to propel him to the top 20 by 2019.
Dangote Cement, one of Dangote’s major investments in Nigeria, is the biggest company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange by market capitalisation, and the largest cement producer in sub-Saharan Africa.