Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to take office space in New York to help diversify his investments and avoid the risk of currency fluctuations on his home continent.
The owner of the biggest cement company in sub-Saharan Africa will use the base and an existing one in London to become more global after the completion of a $12 billion, 650,000 barrel-a-day refinery currently under construction in Nigeria.
The 62-year-old Nigerian businessman became $4.3 billion richer in 2019 as his fortune continued to grow on the back of investments in cement, flour and sugar.
With a net worth of about $15 billion, he is ranked the 95th wealthiest man in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
His conglomerate, Dangote Industries, includes the Lagos-listed Dangote Cement Plc and four other publicly traded companies under the Dangote umbrella that account for more than a fifth of the value of the Nigerian stock exchange.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo on Thursday promised a friendly business environment for investors in the country.
Adebayo gave the assurance during a meeting with Dangote in Abuja.
According to him, the move will help the investors contribute their quota to job creation and lifting over 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The Chairman of the Dangote group in response highlighted recent investments by his company to grow the nation’s industrial sector.