No doubt, the Igbos are the most hardworking, strong and apparently the most innovative tribe in Nigeria.
They are naturally ambitious and industrious with an independent spirit and this has helped them in all that they do.
This is why there are many billionaires from Igbo land. Here are the top 10 richest Igbo men in Nigeria;
TOP TEN RICHEST IGBO MEN IN NIGERIA
1. ARTHUR EZE
Born on the 27th of November 1948, Arthur Eze is a Nigerian businessman reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in Nigeria with a net worth of $5.8 billion.
The billionaire who is from Ukpo village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State is from a royal family.
He is the founder and Chairman of Atlas Oranto Petroleum with assets in Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, and the Gambia.
Atlas Oranto Petroleum Oranto was established in 1991. The company as of now has 22 oil and gas licenses in 12 locales across Africa.
To date, the company is the biggest holder of oil exploration blocks in Africa.
2. CLETUS IBETO
Born on the 6th of November, 1952, Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Cletus Ibeto is one of the top richest men in Nigeria with a net worth of $3.8 billion.
The billionaire who is from Anambra State is the Founder and Chairman of Ibeto Group, the biggest union in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
3. ALLEN ONYEMA
Born 1964, Allen Ifechukwu Onyema is a Nigerian lawyer and entrepreneur with a net worth of ₦3.1 billion. He is the CEO of Air Peace which was launched in 2013.
For Onyema, starting Air Peace was not about making a profit.
According to him, it is about creating jobs.
The billionaire revealed that a friend told him that one commercial Boeing 737 could give jobs to a thousand persons.
Upon hearing that, he decided that commercial aviation was a much nobler venture than leaving his money to seat idle in the banks.
Today, the business has made him one of the Richest Igbo men in Nigeria.
4. EMEKA OFFOR
Born on February 10, 1959, Emeka Offor is a Nigerian oil magnate and entrepreneur with a net worth of $2.9 billion.
He established the Chrome Group in Abuja, Nigeria.
The company which was launched In 1994, is currently a leading multi-million dollar conglomerate with interests in oil and gas, power, logistics, insurance, broadcasting, and telecommunications.
Also, Sir Emeka Offor is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC and the founder of The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF).
5. BENEDICT PETERS
Nigerian businessman, Benedict Peters is one the wealthiest man in Nigeria with a net worth of US$2.7 billion.
The billionaire is the founder of Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil-producing firm, Aiteo Group(Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited),.
He founded the group in February 2008.
The company possesses one of the biggest petrol tank farms in Nigeria with facilities in excess of more than 250 million litres on more than 100,000 square meters of landmass. It additionally claims and works the Abonnema Storage Terminal.
6. ANDY UBA
Born on the 14th of December 1958, Andy Uba is a businessman, philanthropist and politician with a net worth of $2.1 billion dollars.
The billionaire serves as a senator for the Anambra South Senatorial District under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
7. SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH
Born on the 3rd of September, 1971, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah one of the top richest Igbo men with a net worth of $1.7 billion
The billionaire who is from Anambra state is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur and currently the Senator, representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the Nigerian senate.
It was gathered that Ifeanyi turned into an exporter of motor tyres and spare parts significantly in West Africa including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and DR Congo.
Later on, he expanded his business ventures in some countries in Europe including Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Ifeanyi founded Capital Oil and Gas Limited and Nigerian daily newspaper, the Authority Newspaper.
Also, he is the owner of Ifeanyi Ubah F.C., a football club in the Nigeria Premier League.
Apart from these businesses, Mr Ubah runs a foundation named Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation.
8. INNOCENT CHUKWUMA
Born in Nnewi, Anambra state, Innocent Chukwma, popularly known as Innoson is a Nigeria entrepreneur and automobile expert with a Net Worth of $1.5Billion.
The billionaire went from selling spare parts, to building a large conglomerate that manufactures motorcycles, tricycles, spare parts, tyres, cars, and others.
He is the CEO of Nigeria first indigenous automobile manufacturing company, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing(IVM).
The company specializes in manufacturing sport utility vehicles, commercial buses and passenger cars.
His factories which are located in Nnewi and Enugu has the governments officials of Anambra and Enugu States, as well as a few federal agencies and more as its clients.
9. ABC ORJIAKOR
Born in October 1960, Dr Ambrose Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiakor, popularly known as ABC is one the Wealthiest Igbo man with a Net worth of $1.2 billion.
Before he ventured into business, the billionaire practised as a specialist Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon.
In 1996, he ventured into business full time.
The man who is from Anambra ventured into businesses in the private sector, investing in Pharmaceutical companies, Oil and Gas Industry, Insurance, Banking and Shipping.
In 2009, ABC’s company, Shebah Exploration and Production Company and Platform Petroleum Limited co-founded SEPLAT, a leading Nigerian independent oil and gas company listed on the London and Nigerian stock exchanges with a strategic focus in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
Since the company was founded, Orjiako has remained the Chairman, initiating new business improvement and giving services on strategy and partner relationships.
Apart from his business, he is also a Philanthropist and has founded Daniel Orjiako Memorial foundation.
10. TONY ELUMELU
Nigerian entrepreneur and investor, Tony Elumelu is the 31st richest man in Africa with a net worth estimated to be over $1 billion.
The very rich person is the director of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and the founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.
He is likewise a publicly traded Nigerian conglomerate with interests in hospitality, agriculture, oil production and power generation
It was gathered that Tony Elumelu came into the limelight in 1997 at the point when he drove a small group of investors to assume control over a little, struggling business bank in Lagos and turned it beneficial within a couple of years.
In 2005, he merged the bank with the United Bank for Africa.
Today, the banking group now has subsidiaries in 20 African nations and in the U.S and U.K. Elumelu likewise possesses broad real estate across Nigeria and a minority stake in mobile telecom firm MTN Nigeria and many more.