Igbo women are known to be extremely hard-working people and resourceful.
Just like their men, they are very creative, versatile in their way of life. This is why there are many rich Igbo women both in Nigeria and abroad.
Below are the top 6 Richest Igbo women in Nigeria.
1. DR. STELLA OKOLI
Born on the 30th of July 1944, Dr. Stella Chinyelu Okoli is the founder and current C.E.O of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Emzor Pharmaceutical.
Bore launching the company, the businesswoman who has a net worth of $800 million, worked in several pharmaceutical firms.
Some of the firms she worked for includes Middlesex Hospital, London, Boots the Chemists Limited, and Pharma-Deko.
The Anambrarian started Emzor Pharmaceutical in January 1977. The company was initially named “Emzor Chemists Limited” and before it became this big, it was a small pharmacy retail shop in Somolu, Lagos State.
Today, Emzor Pharmaceutical has since become one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria.
Note that Dr. Stella Chinyelu Okoli is the current member of the Economic Summit of Nigeria and the Health Matters Advisory Board of Nigeria.
Also, she currently serves as the Vice President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
She has served as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
2. STELLA ODUAH
Born in January 1962, Stella Oduah is a wealthy Senator. The Anambrarian has an estimated net worth of $600 million.
Before she became a senator representing Anambra North, Shs was once the Minister for Aviation.
According to research, she was the Minister for Aviation from July 2, 2011, to 12 February 2014.
Also, Stella Oduah served as the Director of Finance and Administration during Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s campaign.
3. DIEZANI ALISON MADUKA
Born on the 6th of December 1960, Diezani Alison Maduka is a Nigerian female politician with a net worth of 500 million US dollars.
She is the first woman to head OPEC as its president. The Nigerian billionaire was elected as the president at the 166th OPEC meeting in Vienna.
Before then, she served as the Nigerian Minister of Transportation on the 26th of July 2007. Later on, she became the Minister for Petroleum in April 2010 under former president Jonathan’s regime.
This woman is really intelligent and always the first in all she does.
She was the first OPEC Female President, First Female minister for transportation, First Female Minister for Petroleum Resources, and First Female to be on the Board of Shell Petroleum Corporation.
4. PEARLENA IGBOKWE
Born in the 1960s, Pearlena Igbokwe is the Chairman of Universal Studio Group with a net worth of $50 million dollars.
The company is a division of NBCUniversal.
Pearlena is liable for all parts of innovative affairs and production for NBCUniversal’s three stalwart studios: Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP), and NBCUniversal International Studios.
At present, Pearlena oversees the production of more than 2500 hours of programming presently airing or surfing all throughout the planet.
She manages a record of ambitious storytellers including Tina Fey, Seth MacFarlane, Amy Poehler, Dick Wolf, Lorne Michaels, Michael Schur, Nahnatchka Khan, Sam Esmail, Julie Plec.
Others include Larry Wilmore, Debra Martin Chase, Gareth Neame, Alan Yang, David Heyman, Sean Hayes, and Tanya Saracho, among various others.
Before working for Universal Studio Group, the Nigerian born media executive was Group Representative at Prudential Financial in 1987.
Also, she was Manager, Direct Response Marketing at Showtime Networks from 1992 to 1994.
From 1994 – 1996: she became director, Special Projects at Showtime Networks. She became director, Original Programming at Showtime Networks from 1996 to 1999.
From the year, 1999 – 2004, Pearlena Igbokwe became vice President, Original Programming at Showtime Networks and from 2005 to 2012, she became Senior Vice President, Original Programming at Showtime Networks,
She was also Executive Vice President, Drama Development at Showtime Networks from the year 2012 to 2016 and executive Vice President, Drama Programming for NBC Entertainment. She oversaw the development of all NBC dramas.
Note that Pearlena is the first woman of African descent and Igbo woman to head a major U.S. television studio.
5. LINDA IKEJI
Born on 19 September 1980, Linda Ikeji is a Professional blogger and entrepreneur with a net worth of $40 million.
The public figure who is from Nkwerre, Imo state became popular both in Nigeria and Africa for her blog, Linda Ikeji blog.
She first started using a blogger sub-domain lindaikeji.blogspot.com in 2007 and later obtained her domain www.lindaikejisblog.com.
Today, the blog has gained more trust in online advertisement, Companies and banking industries.
In the year 2016, Linda Ikeji announced the creation of her online TV network, Linda Ikeji TV which airs a variety of programmes ranging from talk shows, reality shows, TV series to Movies. The Network produces some of its programmes and also purchase TV contents.
Just when we thought we have seen it all, Linda Ikeji ventured into online radio broadcasting; a station which is operated from the Linda Ikeji Media Office.
Linda ikeji runs a non-profit project themed “I’d rather be self-made; No thanks” and a few other programmes.
6. ARUNMA OTEH
Arunma Oteh OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger) is the chair of the Royal African Society.
Ms Oteh who hails from Abia state was appointed the chair of the Royal African Societ, taking over from Zeinab Badawi
In January 2010, she was the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In July 2015, after her tenure in the SEC, she was appointed the vice president and treasurer of the World Bank.
Arunma was the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018 and during that time, she was responsible for the regulation of Nigeria’s capital markets, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange.