Normally, one would expect the richest governors in Nigeria currently in 2021 to be the governors of the richest states in the country. But that is not how it is.
As a matter of fact, the 2021 richest governor in Nigeria is Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State. The shocking thing is, his state is among the poorest states in Nigeria presently. Lol.
So governing the richest state in Nigeria does not actually make one the wealthiest governor in the country. Otherwise Jide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State would definitely top the list of the top 10 wealthiest governors in Nigeria today.
In this article we will take a look at the top 10 wealthiest governors in Nigeria as of 2020 according to their net worth.
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Since a few states had a new government taking over the previous one due to the outcome of the last election, expect to see a few new names featured in this list.
It doesn’t mean there won’t be any name that you are familiar with from 2018, it simply means this list is current and can be trusted.
So who and who are Nigeria’s “money-bag” governors following the 2019 gubernatorial elections? You will find this as you read on.
Top 10 Richest Governors in Nigeria
Here are the wealthiest governors in Nigeria 2021 ranked according to their net worth by Forbes or their assets declaration.
Most of these leaders made their money even before they joined politics and not necessarily from their state’s purse.
1.) Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State)
Born on the 17th of December 1967, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is the incumbent governor of Niger State, one of the states located in the northern part of Nigeria.
Before stepping into politics fully, Abubakar Sani Bello was already very rich from his family’s fortunes. As a matter of fact, the popular finance magazine Forbes, ranks the family into which he was born as one of the richest families in Africa, not just Nigeria alone.
However, though Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is the wealthiest governor in Nigeria presently, his state Niger State ranks very low in the list of the richest states in Nigeria today.
While that has nothing to do with the Governor, we are hoping that at the end of his tenure, he would have been able to put the state on the path of prosperity again.
2.) Nyesom Wike (Rivers State)
Born on the the 24th of August 1967, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is the second richest governor in Nigeria 2019.
The current governor of Rivers State who succeeded Chief Rotimi Amaechi in 2015 as the 6th and current governor of the state, is an Ikwerre man from Rumuepirikom in Obio-akpor, Rivers State.
Though his state Rivers is among the wealthiest states in Nigeria presently, Wike did not just become rich by being the governor of the oil-rich state. Before coming into office, the lawyer was already in money.
His victory in the 2019 gubernatorial elections saw him retain his seat as the governor of the state for the second time.
3.) Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State)
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State is the third richest governor in Nigeria presently.
The Islamic scholar who is highly respected by so many Muslims in the country is one of the most educated governors presently in Nigeria.
Governor El-Rufai was born on the 16th of February 1960. Before becoming Kaduna State governor, He was the former Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises and also the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
Now in his second tenure having won the governorship election for the second time in 2019, El-Rufai is one of those political figures in Nigeria many people see as a future president or vice-president of the country.
Will he ever get to that position someday? Only time will tell.
4.) Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State)
Governor Dapo Abiodun is the current governor of Ogun State and the CEO of Heydon Petroleum, an oil and gas company in Nigeria.
He was born on May 29th, 1960. He became the governor of Ogun State after winning the 2019 governorship election held in the state earlier this year.
The governor who says his administration is committed to providing quality governance to the people of Ogun State looks very ready to do so.
Dapo Abiodun is the 4th wealthiest governor in Nigeria presently.
Since he just assumed office for the first time this year, his name is one of those new names on this list.
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5.) Willie Obiano (Anambra State)
Chief Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano is the incumbent governor of Anambra State and the fifth richest governor in the country.
Governor Obiano was born on the 8th of August 1957. Before joining politics and becoming the governor of Anambra, Willie was a very successful banker and businessman.
Just like his predecessor, Obiano won the governorship election under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). A political party that has the late Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu as one of its founding fathers.
Though Obiano has been widely dragged and criticised on social media for his drinking habit, the governor is still one of those governors you can say is working in Nigeria today. I can still remember seeing “Willie Is Working” written in several places where work is on-going last time I travelled to Anambra.
6.) Godwin Obaseki (Edo State)
Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is the incumbent governor of Edo State. He holds a post graduate degree in both Finance and International Business, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria.
Before joining politics fully, Obaseki was a businessman and also served as executive board member of Afrinvest and several successful companies out there.
The Governor born on the 1st of July 1959, is one of the most educated governors in Nigeria presently. He is married to Betsy Obaseki.
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Talking about his feud with the APC Chairman Oshiomole, Obaseki is reported to have said “Edo people elected me to serve them and not political leaders.”
Well, we are watching to see what will become of that statement in the long run.
7.) Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto State)
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is the present governor of Sokoto State having won the 2019 governorship held in the state. He won the election under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Tambuwal was born on the 10th of January 1966 and is presently serving his state for the second time as governor. He is widely considered as one of the most educated governors in Nigeria presently.
Tambuwal has been in politics for quite a while and has also been from one party to the other. He is one of the top 10 richest governors in the country.
8.) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano State)
Were you all expecting “Gandollar”’s name not to be included in this list? Haha!
Though widely regarded as one of the most corrupt government officials in the country after a video of him receiving several bribes surfaced online, Governor Ganduje of Kano State is of a certain one of the richest political leaders to come out of the Northern Nigeria.
“Gandollar” as he has been nicknamed on social networking platforms is a money-bag and one of the most influential governors in the country.
To the shock of many people, he won the 2019 governorship election held in Kano State to serve his state for the second time.
9.) Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed (Bauchi State)
Born on the 5th of October 1958, Bala Mohammed is the current governor of Bauchi State and among the top 10 wealthiest governors in Nigeria.
Though his state Bauchi is not among the wealthiest in Nigeria, Bala Mohammed is a man of great wealth himself. He was recently in the news for marrying a second wife.
Before becoming the governor of his state, he has served as a Senator and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under the administration of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
10.) Oluwaseyi Makinde (Oyo State)
On the 16th of July 2019, Oyo State Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde also written as “Seyi Makinde,” made the headlines for publicly declaring his assets. According to him, his assets are to worth 48 billion naira. That makes him one of Nigeria’s wealthiest governors.
The Oyo State governor was born on the 25th of December 1967. He is presently one of the youngest and most educated governors in Nigeria.
As a matter of fact, I am personally looking up to this governor to see how he will perform and I really hope he does well.
At least I’m hoping that he performs better than Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who being very young like Makinde, is said to have performed poorly in his first tenure.
Can these governors presently considered as the top 10 richest governors in Nigeria lead their states to the paths of prosperity and abundance? We will like to hear what you think. Let us know in the comment section below.