We often think these super-rich governors are products of public funds and ultimately, corruption. In as much as you might be right in some cases, some of these governors were very wealthy before they assumed this political position.
Who is the richest governor in Nigeria?
Nonetheless, we have narrowed our list of the richest governors to ten individuals who are very wealthy, enough to afford anything they so desire. They live in affluence and some of them own many of the biggest companies in the country.
Before going into the details, please have a look at the table of contents below.
|Ranking||Richest governors in Nigeria||Net worth (₦)||Net worth ($)|
|1.||Governor Abubakar Sani Bello||₦382.5 billion||$1 billion|
|2.||Governor Ezenwo Nyeson Wike||₦210.5 billion||$550 million|
|3.||Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai||₦153 billion||$400 milion|
|4.||Governor Dapo Abiodun||₦120.1 billion||$314 million|
|5.||Governor Willie Obiano||₦114.7 billion||$300 million|
|6.||Governor Godwin Obaseki||₦86.06 billion||$225 million|
|7.||Governor Seyi Makinde||₦48.19 billion||$126 million|
|8.||Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal||₦10.3 billion||$27 million|
|9.||Governor Yahaya Bello||₦2,14 billion||$5.6 million|
|10.||Governor Bala Mohammed||₦2,14 billion||$5.6 million|
1. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello – Net worth of $1b (~₦382.5b)
Abubakar Sani Bello ran for the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was elected as the executive governor of Niger State and assumed office on the 29th of May 2015. Abubakar was born on the 17th of December 1967 in Niger State.
He is currently 53 years old. Abubakar Sani Bello is a Muslim and the eldest son of Colonel Sani Bello, a Nigerian billionaire and former Nigerian military Governor of the old Kano State.
Governor Abubakar Bello is the richest governor in Nigeria with a billion-dollar net worth
Abubakar Sani Bello is the richest governor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $1 billion. He was born into a very wealthy home, which made it easy for him to get enough capital to run his business. He is said to have many businesses to his name, ranging from oil and gas to energy.
Just like many political officer holders in Nigeria, Governor Sani Bello decides what he drives. He has been spotted many times in a Toyota Land Cruiser, which is reported to be the state official car for his office.
2. Governor Ezenwo Nyeson Wike – Net worth of $550m (~₦210.5b)
The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyeson Wike takes the second position our list of richest governor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $550 million. He is a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He is a lawyer by profession and was the Minister of Education during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. He was born on the 13th of December 1963 in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State.
Nyeson Wike was already a very wealthy man before he became the governor of Rivers State
The official car used by Governor Wike of Rivers State is a Range Rover Vogue. He is among the many Nigerian Governors who are using Range Rover SUV as their official car. We reckon the SUV will be bullet-proof.
3. Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai – Net worth of $400m (~₦153b)
Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, born on the 16th of December 1960, is the present Executive Governor of Kaduna State. Before his latest elective position, he was the former minister of the FCT under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan and also the former Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprise.
Nasir El-Rufai is one of the richest and most educated governors in Nigeria
El-Rufai’s educational portfolio is quite impressive. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most educated governors in Nigeria. He obtained an LL.B certificate from London and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. His net worth is presently put at a staggering $400 million.
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People’s choice of car differs especially when you have the power to pick any official car of your desire. Kaduna State governor El-Rufai is using a Lexus SUV as the official car for his political office.
4. Governor Dapo Abiodun – Net worth of $314m (~₦120.1b)
Right on our number 4 on the list of the richest governors in Nigeria is the executive governor of Ogun State, in the person of Dr Dapo Abiodun. Governor Dapo Abiodun reportedly attended Georgia State University where he obtained a degree in Accounting.
Governor Dapo Abiodun made fortune from his chain of businesses before assuming political power
Before he became the governor, he was a successful businessman with a huge investment in the oil and gas sector. At a time, Dapo Abiodun was the CEO of Heydon Petroleum, which is one of the biggest oil firms in Nigeria. He is currently worth $314 million.
Governor Dapo Abiodun is making use of a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser as his official car. This has become a common practice among Nigerian politicians to acquire Toyota products for their office.
5. Governor Willie Obiano – Net worth of $300m (~₦114.7b)
Willie Obiano is the present governor of Anambra State. He was born on the 8th of December 1955. Willie reportedly worked as a banker before he ventured fully into politics. He worked with the First Bank of Nigeria at the start of his professional banking career. He is a strong member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and his net worth is presently estimated at $300 million in 2021.
Governor Willie Obiano was a successful banker before venturing into politics
Governor Willie Obiano is reportedly using an armoured Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. Well, we can’t blame his choice considering the high risk of his job and position in the state.
6. Governor Godwin Obaseki – Net worth of $225m (~₦86.06b)
The incumbent governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a bachelor degree of Art in Classics. Afterwards, he proceeded to the University of Columbia and Pace University in the US for a master’s degree in Finance and International Business.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had his hands in many key sectors of the economy, making him a very rich man
He has attended the Lagos Business School and also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers of Nigeria. His 30 years of professional career range from securities trading, investment banking, and asset management. Obaseki is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with an estimated net worth of $225 million.
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Governor Godwin Obaseki uses a Lexus LX 570s for his official car as the executive governor of Edo State. His Lexus SUV is from the luxury division of Toyota.
7. Governor Seyi Makinde – Net worth of $126m (~₦48.19b)
Governor Seyi Makinde recently declared his asset to the public, where he was found to worth around $126 million. He is the current governor of Oyo State. From report, he made his fortune from oil servicing firm. He is also an active member of PDP.
Governor Seyi Makinde like many governors in Nigeria is using an SUV as his official car
Born on the 25th of December 1967, Governor Seyi Makinde is an Engineer and a subject matter expert on Fluid and Gas Metering. He is the Managing Director of Makon Group Limited, an oil and gas company based in Nigeria. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Lagos and also obtained training in several schools abroad, one of which is Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, where he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems.
Just like other governors of the federation, Governor Seyi Makinde loves to move in style. Just like Edo State governor, Seyi is also using a Lexus SUV for his office official car.
8. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal – Net worth of $27m (~₦10.3b)
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is the governor of Sokoto State, with a net worth of $27 million. He is unarguably one of the richest governors in Nigeria. He was an active member of APC after defecting from PDP in 2014. After he emerged to be the winner of the 2015 election in Sokoto, he returned back to his first party in 2018, which is PDP.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal was the speaker of the Federal House of Rep from 2011 to 2015
Born on the 10th of December 1966, Governor Aminu Tambuwal was once the speaker of the federal House of Representative, a position he held from 2011 to 2015. He had his tertiary education at the Usman Dan Fodio University, where he studied law.
Aminu Tambuwal uses a Toyota Prado SUV as his official car. He caught the headline recently when he ferried with his official car and other SUVs in his convoy across River Benue in the absence of a bridge.
9. Governor Yahaya Bello - Net worth of $5.6m (~₦2,14b)
Governor Yahaya Bello is one of the youngest and richest governors in Nigeria. He is the current governor of Kogi State. He obtained a degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1999. In 2002, he was awarded a master’s degree in business administration from the same citadel of learning.
Governor Yahaya Bello moves around in style in his Mercedes S-Class official car
Governor Yahaya Bello is an active member of APC, where he contested and won the gubernatorial election in Kogi in 2016. His net worth is estimated at $5.6 million.
Yahaya Bello official car
Unlike other Governors in Nigeria who are accustomed to acquiring SUVs as their official cars, the young and vibrant Kogi State governor is taking an exception. His official car is a Mercedes-Benz S Class. Guess who else uses Mercedes S-Class as the official car? President Muhammadu Buhari!
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10. Governor Bala Mohammed – Net worth of $5.6m (~₦2,14b)
Well, Governor Bala Mohammed takes our 10th position with a net worth of $5.6 million. He was the former Minister of FCT and the incumbent governor of Bauchi State. He had a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Maiduguri. Bala Mohammed is an active member of PDP.
Governor Bala Mohammed was one time the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
Bala Mohammed official car
Governor Bala Mohammed was spotted recently from the open roof of a Toyota Land Cruiser after his Supreme Court victory. Possibly, that should be his official car.
With the list above, now you have known who is the richest governor in Nigeria. Many of these governors on our list of richest governors in Nigeria have not been found in any corrupt practice such as siphoning of public funds into their private accounts. That should tell you how successful they were as businessmen before they ventured fully into politics. Some were even established technocrats and bureaucrats before holding political office.
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