Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group, is the richest in Nigeria, in Africa and now he is chasing the top fifty in the world. 

The Kano man who lost his father at the age of 8 and began selling sweet to make money, has gone global and rising to join the likes of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the top echelon of wealthy men with 'genuine' source of income.  

"I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets [candy] and I would start selling them just to make money.

"I was so interested in business, even at that time," he had shared when talking about how he began. 

He was from a rich home no doubt, but his interest in business has moved him from 103 to 64 in the ranking wealthy people of the world, with an estimated worth of $16.6 billion.

Dangote was the only Nigerian on the list of the top 500 billionaires, released last week by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's yearly billionaires list had Jeff Bezos at number one position, with a $136 billion networth. while Bill Gates and Warren Buffett followed as second and third.

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While Gates has $98.4 billion in his kitty, Buffett has $83 billion on the world billionaires’ ranking, visibly dominated by North Americans.

Dangote and four other Africans made it to Bloomberg's world’s top 500 billionaires.

Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa at number 216 has an estimated networth of $7.05 billion while Johann Rupert of South Africa ranked number 225. 

Rupert has an estimated worth of $6.92 billion.

Natie Kash of South Africa was at number 263 with an estimated worth of $6.10 billion while Naguib Sawiris of Egypt, ranked number 331, with $5.12 billion.

Bloomberg is a global information and technology company, that connect decision makers to a dynamic network of data, people and ideas – “accurately delivering business and financial information, news and insights to customers around the world.”

Dangote at the moment has companies that produce cement, sugar, salt, flour, fertiliser and packaged food, among others.

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