Africa's Richest Man, Aliko Dangote, Listed Among World’s 50 Most Influential Persons

Bloomberg, a prominent United States-based news media with preference for business and financial news reporting has named Forbes' richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, among 50 world’s most influential personalities.

The 50 world’s most influential personalities include CEOs, world leaders as well as religious leaders. Expectedly, American President, Barack Obama, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel made the cut. While Janet Yellen, Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve and Chinese President, Xi Jinping ranked 1st and 2nd respectively, President of Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote ranked 41st

According to Bloomberg:
Those on the list “build companies and assemble fortunes. They run banks, or hope to disrupt them. They shape economies and spread ideas. They manage money and wield the clout that goes with the billions of dollars they invest.”
On Dangote, Bloomberg stated:
“Africa’s most successful businessman built his fortune in sugar, textiles and cement in his native Nigeria, where today he’s a political as well as a financial power broker. He’s expanding in other countries and may list his cement company in London.”
Paul Wallace of the media outfit wrote, “Dangote is feted like royalty. He has businesses ranging from cement to sugar to energy in a dozen sub-Saharan countries. He’s a fixture at elite gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. No African has ridden the continent’s halting march out of poverty toward potential prosperity as spectacularly as its richest person, the Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote.

“Dangote’s clout extends beyond the boardroom and the high-flier dinner circuit. In March, as votes were tallied in Nigeria’s presidential election, Dangote, 58, served as an intermediary between the camps of the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, and the ultimate winner of the election, Muhammadu Buhari.”

“There’s no question that he is quite an exceptional person—not only in Africa but globally,” says Mark Mobius, chairman of the emerging-markets group at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Bloomberg’s 50 World’s Most Influential Personalities 

Bloomberg’s 50 World’s Most Influential Personalities 



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