Some of the wealthiest Igbo men are from Abia state. This Igbo-speaking state is home to many billionaires who made their money through politics, investments in different industries, or a combination of the two.
These men’s financial success speaks for itself. And their contribution to society is no mean feat as they have distinguished themselves in various aspects of life.
So in this blog post, we will look at the sons of the soil who are the richest in Abia state and their net worth.
Richest Men In Abia State And Their Net Worth
Below are the top ten richest men in Abia state. They include:
1. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
According to Forbes, Orji Uzor Kalu has a net worth of $600 million, making him the richest person in Abia state. He started Slok Holding, a group of companies in West Africa that is into banking, shipping, oil trading, media, and manufacturing.
He started this company when he was 19 years old, and it has grown into a $1 billion business. Although he started trading with $35 borrowed from his mother, most of his fortune was made from politics.
Orji Uzor Kalu made his first million Naira as a twenty-year-old, but his plunge into wealth was during the military regime in Nigeria in the 1980s.
He was a two-time governor of the state. He is a top-notch businessman with great business acumen. He is into many businesses like rice, sugar, palm oil, transportation, manufacturing etc.
And also the owner of Sun Newspaper, News Telegraph, and other businesses and assets. He is currently a senator in the country.
2. Dr. Alex Otti
Alex Otti has a net worth of $500 million. Otti was born on July 18, 1965. He is a politician, an economist, a philanthropist, a writer, a banker, and an investor.
He is well-known in Abia state because he was once the state’s governor under the APGA political party.
He was the Group Managing Director and CEO of Diamond Bank PLC (now Access Bank).
Before he got into politics, he was already a wealthy businessman. Dr. Alex Otti now writes a column for Thisday newspaper, a popular newspaper in Nigeria.
3. Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu
Another rich man from Abia state is Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu. His estimated net worth is $350 million. Wogu was born on December 29, 1965.
He is an influential politician from Abia and was the Minister of Labour and Productivity during Goodluck Ebele’s administration.
He was also the vice-chairman of the Aba South local government area and later became the chairman in 1993.
Wogu was elected member house of representative for his constituency in the Federal House of Representatives in 1998.
He has many assets and investments to his name. Due to his numerous achievement, he was given many traditional titles such as Omezunu of Ohazie, Kpakpando of Aba, Amulutto of Oshogbo etc.
4. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu
Okezie Ikpeazu is the Governor of Abia State. He took over the leadership of the state on July 29, 2015. Okezie was born on December 18, 1964, and hails from the Obingwa local government area of the state.
Before becoming governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu held several political positions. He has businesses and investments all over the state, which makes him one of the wealthiest people in Abia state.
5. Theodore Orji
Theodore Orji is one of the richest men in Abia state. He is a former governor of the state. Although he bears a similar name to Orji Uzor Kalu, they are not related.
During Orji Uzor Kalu’s administration, he served as the Chief of Staff of the state. On December 11, 2015, Theodore won the election to represent his senatorial zone. He has several businesses and investments within and outside the state.
When the richest men in Abia state are mentioned, his name will surely make the list.
6. Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Kalu is another successful businessman from Abia state who should also be on this list. The American political scientist born in Nigeria has made giant strides in many areas.
He is famous for a popular quote “The things you do for yourself are gone when you’re gone, but the things you do for others are your legacy.”
He is a well-known Research Professor of Political Science and National Security Policy at Coppery University in Montgomery. And also the Docent Professor at Finland’s University of Tampere.
7. Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chukwueze is a successful Igbo footballer from Nigeria. He is also one of the richest men in Abia state, with a net worth of more than $90 million. Chukwueze was born in Umuahia on December 22, 1999.
The talented footballer who plays for the top club in Spain known as La Liga Villareal FC, makes more than €150,000 a month. He has made a name for himself in the world of football.
Samuel Chukwueze has an array of flashy cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Jeeps, and a series of mansions worth more than N250 million.
8. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah
Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah is a Nigerian businessman born on December 22, 1969. He is the former minister of state for mining and steel development in Nigeria.
Ogah went to Ishiagu High School, and then from 1986 to 1989, he worked at the West African Examination Council (WAEC). In 1992, he attended the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu state and graduated with an Upper Credit at Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
He is the chief executive officer of Masters Energy and Oil Limited. He has many businesses scattered all over Abia and Rivers state.
With all these accomplishments, he deserves a spot on the list of the richest people in Abia.
9. Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He was born in the 1970s in Isiama Abia state. His father, HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP), and his mother, Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu, raised him in Umuahia. He is the first child of his father and the oldest of his five children.
Kanu went to Library Avenue Primary School, which is now part of Government College, Umuahia, for his primary education. He then went to Government College for his secondary education. Afterward, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) for his tertiary education.
His family lives in the UK, but he is currently being held in prison by the Nigerian government for a treasonable felony. Until his arrest, he was in charge of the London radio station Radio Biafra.
With an estimated net worth of $65 million, Nnamdi Kanu is one of the richest men in his state.
10. Rt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika
Azubuike Ihejirika is a retired Army lieutenant general and former Chief of Army Staff from Abia state and worth more than $50 million.
The former Army Chief was born on December 13, 1956, in the Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State in southeastern Nigeria.
He has many businesses both within and outside the state. His investment contributed to his net worth, making him one of the richest men in the state.
From this blog post, these people are the richest in the state. They have made a name for themselves through various sectors and businesses that are worth celebrating. And their contribution, in one way or another, has made the state what it is today.