Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, is the founder and chairperson of Dangote Cement, the continent’s largest cement producer.

He owns 85% of publicly-traded Dangote Cement through a holding company. He also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt and sugar manufacturing companies.

Dangote Cement produces 45.6 million metric tons annually and has operations in over 10 countries across Africa.

Dangote Refinery has been under construction since 2016 and is expected to be one of the world’s largest oil refineries once complete.

He has been ranked #162 on Forbes Top Billionaires in 2020, number 1 on Africa’s Billionaires 2020 and #6 Powerful People in 2018.

He has a bachelor degree in business studies and administration from Al-Azhar University Cairo.

Dangote has been exposed to the entrepreneurial world right from time. His grandfather was a successful trader of rice and oats in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city.

He was previously married to two wives and has 4 children.


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