The number of private jet owners in Nigeria is increasing every year. Today there are around 30 owners of this luxurious vehicle. In fact, that’s the highest number of owners in one country in the whole of Africa. It is stated that more that $6.5 billion has been spent on private jets in the country. Let’s see who are the top owners of private jets in Nigeria!
The list of private jet owners in Nigeria
They are bankers, oil magnates, business moguls, pastors, and politicians. The private jet market is still growing. It is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. Below you can find the list of the proud Nigerian owners of private jets.
1. Orji Uzor Kalu
The former governor of Abia State and chairman of a conglomerate. He is a billionaire and one of the Nigerians who made it to the Forbes list. He has five private jets! It is the largest private jet fleet in Nigeria, can you imagine that? His most expensive aircraft is the Gulfstream G650 – it was bought for $72 million (N11.5 billion). It is stated that it may be the most expensive jet in Nigeria. Wow!
In fact, the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan bought the Falcon 7X that was even cheaper that the Gulfstream G650 – it cost $50 million (N10 billion).
Orji Uzor Kalu is also the proud owner of a Gulfstream IV (he has three of them now or had in the past) and Bombardier’s Global EXP XRS.
2. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
He is the former governor of Borno State. Ali Modu Sheriff served two consecutive terms (he was the first Borno State governor to do so). He has four jets – the Gulfstream G650 and three Dorniers.
3. Bishop David Oyedepo
He is the founder and the Bishop of the megachurch Faith Tabernacle and Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is also known as the Winners Chapel and is one of the most popular churches in Nigeria. In 2011 David Oyedepo made it to the Forbes list with a net worth of $150 million. Like Ali Modu Sheriff, he has four jets – the Gulfstream (they love them, don’t they?) G550 VG450 and Bombardiers 604.
4. Otunba Mike Adenuga
The owner of the Globacom company – Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator. Mike Adenuga is the second richest person in Nigeria. However, he doesn’t have that many jets, only three. They are the Bombardier Challenger 604, Bombardier Global Express XRS and the Falcon 7X. Yes, the same type that was bought by President Goodluck Jonathan for $50 million (N10 billion.)
5. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Another former governor but this time the governor of Lagos state. Also the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress. He bought his second jet, the new Bombardier Global Express XRS in May 2014. It cost him about $50 billion.
6. Aliko Dangote
The richest black person in the world. His net worth is about $12.5 billion and he also made it to the Forbes magazine as the 67th richest person in the world. Aliko has two jets – both Bombardier Express.
7. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho is one of the richest black women in the world and is also one of the most gorgeous women in Africa. Her net worth is about $2.1 billion. The Nigerian businesswoman was also listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa. She has one private jet – the Bombardier Express Business jet or as it is also known Bombardier Global Express XRS.
8. Ayo Oritsejafor known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor
He is the founder and the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church. In July 2010, he won the election and became the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN). He owns one Bombardier jet. In fact, he claims that it was a gift.
9. Igho Charles Sanomi II
He is a Nigerian businessmen with interests in oil, aviation and real estate. His net worth is unknown. He owns a Bombardier Challenger 605 (shocking after seeing the owners of three or four jets, right?).
10. T.B. Joshua
He is the founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations and it’s leader. He is very popular across Africa (about 500,000 YouTube subscribers and about 2,500,000 fans on Facebook). His net worth is $10-15 million and he made it to the Forbes list. In April 2015 he acquired a Gulfstream G550 that cost him about $60 million.
There are really a lot of jet owners in Nigeria. The market is developing and rich people that have the opportunities are willing to buy more jets. Some of them do that in order to use them only for transportation, some use it to improve their businesses, others collect private jets or use them just because it’s prestigious. You have the list, and now it’s up to you to decide how you will react – admire him or her, because the person has succeeded in life, dream about a better life with your own private jet, or judge them.