Finally,Globacom Chairman, Otunba Mike Adenuga joined the list of Forbes richest billionaires in the world. To many Nigerians, this has been long in coming.Adenuga who is making the list for the first time is worth $2 Billion (US DOLLARS). Unlike last year when it was only business magnate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote that made the list following the removal of Femi Otedola (another billionaire and boss of Zenon Group who was listed two years ago), The 2011 forbes list goes a long way to show that Adenuga is indeed the ‘Gold Digger’ as he calls himself.Mike who was once a taxi driver in the United States of America was born by into the influential Adenuga family in Ijebu Igbo. Adenuga’s first cousin, Oba Sikiru Adetona is the Awujale of Ijebuland (Awujale is the title of the paramount traditional leader of the Ijebu people in south west Nigeria). Though described as flamboyant on account of his acquisition of first class luxury items such as private jet, state of the art cars and magnificient buildings and a multi million Dollar wedding for his daughter, Bella, Adenuga is rarely seen at social engagments. He is known to own one of the most expensive houses in Nigeria’s most valuable choice area- Banana Island where land cost hundreds of millions of Naira.
The man loves to enjoy himself within the four walls of his house and office where he runs his conglomerates.
Even when he attends event, you dont see him moving around and he rarely make public speeches. One of the few moments when he made a speech was at the launching of the Olusegun Obasanjo Library project, where he donated over 200 million Naira.
An old student of Ibadan Grammar school, Adenuga studied at North Western University in Oklahoma and Pace University in New York, USA.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote moved up the ladder from his 334 number on the list world richest billionaires list to become the number 51. Mike Adenuga was listed as number 556 in the forbes list of world richest billionaires. Dangote is worth $13.8 billion from $2.1 billion last year. Again Carlos Slim Helu, remained on the number one position as the world richest man. Unlike last year where he was slightly worth over $50 Billion, this year, the mexican is worth $74 Billion. Bill Gates came second with $56 billion fortune while Warren Buffet rose to $50 billion fortune.