Aliko Dangote is a business tycoon from Nigeria. He is known as the owner of the Dangote Group, which is a conglomerate of various corporations. His company is based in Nigeria and operates in various other countries throughout the African continent. Born on April 10, 1957 into a rich Muslim family, Aliko was interested in becoming an entrepreneur since childhood.
His venture, the Dangote Group covers freight, food processing and cement manufacturing. It is also a dominant force in the sugar market of Africa and one of the biggest suppliers of the commodity to soft drink breweries, confectioners and soft drink companies. Dangote is a graduate in Business Studies from the Al-Azhar University located in Cairo and also is politically active in his home country of Nigeria by supporting various politicians and their campaigns.
Let us now look at the grand Dangote Family
Dangote Parents – Mohammed Dangote & Hajia Mariya Sanusi Dantata
Aliko was born into a wealthy ethnic Muslim family and has had a very comfortable upbringing. His father, Mohammed had a steady source of income and financed his studies and took care of the family very well. Aliko and his brother were sent to private schools for their education where Aliko would buy box candies and sell it to children there, in order to make profit. This showed that Dangote Jr. was highly business oriented even at an early age.
Dangote Siblings – Alhaji Sani Dangote
Alhaji Sani also known as just “Sani” is the only brother and sibling of Aliko. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Dangote Group and is involved with his brother in making their corporation a success.
Not much is known about Aliko’s current wife, but it is said that he was involved in a string of relationships in the past and has fathered as many as 15 children so far.
Dangote Children – Mariya, Halima, Fatima & 12 alleged
Three of Aliko’s daughters are publicly well known. He is said to have fathered 12 more along with 5 grandchildren too. The most famous of his three known daughters is Halima Dangote who is currently the Director of the Dangote Group and the Group Executive Director of the Sublime Group. She is married to Suleiman Sani Bello and they have two children together so far.
As of 2015, Aliko Dangote has a net worth of 16.6 billion USD. This makes him the 67th richest person in the world and the richest in Nigeria including the entire African continent.