Aliko Dangote, the richest person in Africa and the 162nd richest in the world with a net worth of US$8.2billion in July 2020, is a Nigerian billionaire businessman. He is the chairman and founder of Dangote group established in 1977.
Dangote was born on the 10th of April 1957 into a wealthy Kano family. His father was Muhammad Dangote and mother, Mariya Sanusi Dantata. He married his first wife, Zainab at the age of 20. A marriage arranged by his family. Zainab and Dangote had two children together, Halima who is the eldest and Mariya. Their marriage ended in a divorce. Years later, he married Mariya AD Muhammad Rufa’i. They had a daughter, Fatima Dangote. In 2017, Dangote and Mariya got a divorce.
Aliko Dangote has an adopted son, Abdurrahman Fasasi, making his total number of children four.
He attended Sheikh Ali Kumasi Madrasa, Capital high school Kano and later graduated from Government College Birnin Kudu. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business studies and administration from Al-Azhar University Cairo.
He focuses on food processing, sugar production, freight and cement manufacturing. Dangote group currently operates in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Zambia. It employs over 10,000 people in Nigeria. Dangote also has a flour and salt factory. He is a major importer of pasta, cement, fertilizer, rice and fish.
Dangote was awarded Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger ( GCON ) by former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. This is the second highest honor in Nigeria. He was listed as the most powerful man in Africa in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. In 2020, He donated 200million naira to Nigerian government to curb the global pandemic, Covid19.