Aliko Dangote, the CEO and proprietor of the Dangote Group, holds diverse interests in commodities across Nigeria and various African nations. Originally founded as a modest trading enterprise in 1977, the Dangote Group has since blossomed into a conglomerate with ventures spanning food processing, cement production, and logistics. Today, it serves as the primary provider to Nigeria’s soft drink manufacturers and confectioners. With an impressive annual sugar production of 800,000 tonnes, it ranks as Africa’s largest refinery and the world’s third-largest, while also standing as the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa.
Dangote’s significant contributions extend to the Nigerian construction sector, earning him recognition as a key employment generator, thanks to his efforts in telecommunications and the installation of 14,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables to serve the entire nation. A trailblazer in his own right, Dangote was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2014 and went on to secure the prestigious Global Clinton Award in the following year.