Aliko Dangote, MFR, GCON (born 10 April 1957, Kano Nigeria) is a Nigeria self-made business magnate with estimated  worth of $20. I billion US as of March 2013. Based in Nigeria he is the owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities with operations in his homeland and several other countries in Africa, including Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia
Dangote is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 43rd richest person in the world and the richest man in Africa.
Early life
AIhaji Aliko Dangote, a notherner, precisely from Kane State, Nigeria was born on the 10th of April 1957 into a wealthy Muslim family. Dangote, right from when he was young had an eye on business. He said, “1 can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets (sugar boxes) and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business, even at that time. He studied business from the Al Azhar University, Cairo in Egypt, and thereafter returned to Nigeria to work with his uncle Sanusi Abdulkadir Dantata. The uncle afterwards gave him a loan of=N=500,000 (Naira)when he was just 21 year old to start a business.
Business career
The Dangote Group which started as a small trading firm was established in the year 1977. Today, it is no longer small but now a multi-trillion naira conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana Nigeria and Togo At present. Dangote has enlarged his line of businesses to also cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. It s important to point out here that, Dangote Group also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, it is the major sugar supplier to the country’s soil drink companies, breweries and confection, Besides these achievements, Dangote Group has also moved from being a trading company to being the largest industrial group in Nigeria and these include: Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement and Dangote Flour just to mention but a few.
As per what qualities a business man should possess, Aliko Dangote possesses a knack for seeing opportunities beyond the naked eyes that others can never see. This is because, in the month of July 2012, he approached the Nigerian Ports Authority with the idea of leasing an abandoned piece of land at the Apapa Port, which was welcomed and approved. He later went to build facilities for his flour company there. So also in the 90’s he approached the Central Bank of Nigeria with the idea that it would be cheaper for the bank to allow his transport company to manage their fleet of staff buses which was also approved.
In Nigeria as of today, Dangote Group with its dominance in the sugar market and Sugar Refinery is the main supplier (70% of the market) to the country’s soft drinks companies, breweries and confectioners. It is indeed, the largest refinery in Africa and the third largest in the world producing 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually. Apart from these, Dangote Group owns salt factories and flour mills and also being a major importer of rice, fish, pasta, cement and fertilizer. The company exports cotton, cashew nuts, cocoa, sesame seed and ginger to several countries. It also has major investments in real estate, banking, transport, textiles and oil and gas. The company employs over 11,000 people and is the largest industrial conglomerate in the whole of West Africa.
Dangote is also exploring into telecommunications and has started building 14,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables to supply the whole of Nigeria and as a result, he was honoured in January 2009 as the leading provider of employment in the Nigerian construction industry.
He said, “Let me tell you this and I want to really emphasize it nothing is going to help Nigeria like Nigerians bringing back their money. If you give me $5 billion today, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put our heads together and work.”
As far as politics is concerned in Nigeria, Dangote played a very prominent role in the funding of Obasanjo’s re-election bid in 2003, to which he gave over N200 million (US$2M). He also contributed N50 million (US$O.5M) to the National Mosque under the aegis of Friends of Obasanjo and Atiku”. Further more, he also contributed N200 million to the Presidential Library. These highly controversial gifts to the members of the ruling Party have generated a lot of concerns despite highly-publicized anti-corruption drives during Obasanjos second term.
On the 23rd of May2010, Britain’s Daily Mirror published it that, Dangote was interested in buying a 16 percent stake in Premiership. side Arsenal belonging to Lady Nina Bracewell- Smith. Dangote later denied these rrumours.
Therefore, On the 14th of November, 2011, Dangote was awarded a National Honour, the Nigeria’s second highest honour, Grand Commander of the order of the Niger (by the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan
Dangote has reportedly given away $100 million of his fortune to charity in recent years. Causes he supports include flood relief, healthcare and poverty reduction

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