Nigeria: Dangote ranked among 100 most powerful people in the world

09 November 2015

President of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, was at the weekend rated among the 100 most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine.

Dangote, who was the only black person that made the list apart from USA president, Barack Obama, was listed at number 71 just above the top Republican party contender for the US presidency, Donald Trump, who was listed at number 72.

President of Egypt, Abdel el-Sisi, was the only other African listed apart from Dangote and he was placed at number 49, under the defiant North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was placed at number 46, while Igor Sechin of Rosneft and Ma Huateng were placed at 47 and 48 respectively.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, sat conspicuously on the number one spot followed by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, who made the number two spot, with US President, Obama, in third position.

The list had other powerful people like Pope Francis occupying the fourth position just under Obama, while the Chinese Prime Minister, Xi Jinping, was number five on the list.
The world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, were placed at number six and 13 respectively, while Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) placed 23rd on the list.

Last month, Dangote was named among the 50 world most influential personalities by Bloomberg, the renowned United States-based news media with bias for business and financial news reporting.

Also, another list compiled by business news network CNBC, which highlights those who, have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies, listed Dangote among 24 others.

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