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Herbert Wigwe: From humble beginnings to a banking titan

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Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, a luminary in the Nigerian banking sector, was born on August 15, 1966 in Isiokpo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. As the CEO of Access Holdings Plc, traded as Access Corporation, Herbert Wigwe carved a niche for himself in the world of finance.

From humble beginnings to a banking titan
Wigwe’s academic journey was as impressive as his professional ascent. With a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria and further education in Banking and Finance, Financial Economics, and an executive program from Harvard Business School, he was well-equipped for the challenges ahead.

His career began at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos, before moving to GTBank, where he spent over a decade honing his skills in corporate and institutional banking. The turning point came in 2002 when he and Aig-Imoukhuede took a bold step by investing in Access Bank, then a small player in Nigeria’s banking industry.

Under Wigwe’s visionary leadership, Access Bank transformed into a powerhouse, now serving over 6.5 million account holders and ranking among the top 500 global banks. His roles extended beyond banking, as he served in various capacities, including as the Chairman of Access Bank Ghana Limited and a member of several prestigious boards.

A legacy of innovation and philanthropy
Wigwe’s impact was not limited to banking. His passion for philanthropy led him to establish the Herbert Wigwe Foundation, fostering education and entrepreneurship in Nigeria. His dedication earned him the Order of the Niger (CON) and admiration from peers and the public alike.

The dream of Wigwe university
Perhaps Wigwe’s most ambitious project was the establishment of Wigwe University. Launched with a $500 million investment, the university aimed to revolutionise higher education in Nigeria and West Africa. With a focus on management, science, engineering, and the arts, Wigwe University was set to provide world-class education, blending traditional methods with innovative technology.

The university, situated in Isiokpo, Port Harcourt, was approved by the National Universities Commission in June 2023. Its curriculum was designed to address critical sectors such as finance and technology, while also nurturing leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Wigwe’s vision was clear: to create an institution that could compete globally, yet remain distinctly African. He planned to recruit top teaching talents from around the world, focusing on making education a tool for shaping fearless, innovative leaders.

An unparalleled educational experience
Wigwe University promised not just academic excellence but a holistic approach to education. Sports, arts, and practical experience were integral parts of its curriculum, ensuring that students received a well-rounded education. The university’s inaugural batch was expected to be a diverse group of 1,400 students, with plans to increase enrollment significantly over the next five years.

 

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EkoDisco: Tinuade Sanda, lessons from her sack, failed marriage

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West Power & Gas Limited, the parent company of Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP) has sacked the immediate former MD/CEO of the

– Insiders accuse her of betraying spouse who brought her from Ibadan to Lagos

There is a great likelihood that Dr Tinuade Sanda is currently battling a severe form of emotional trauma. If you ask her, she would tell you that the scariest aspect of being sacked from her exalted position as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), is her sudden fall into disrepute and her lack of moral and emotional support at the homefront.

For this, she has herself to blame. Tinuade deserted her home and ended her marriage at the cusp of the ascent of her career ladder. Insiders revealed that she brazenly called it quits with her husband, Sola Sanda, and moved out of their matrimonial home with the kids, into a posh residence in Ikoyi.

Thus as her ordeal persists, she has no shoulders to cry on and no one to wipe her tears. And this revealed sources very close to her, has aggravated the emotional strain that she has been experiencing since she became embroiled in the high-wired powerplay that cost her, her job.

Of course, nobody would take Tinuade for a heartbreaker. Not even her former husband and sweetheart, Sola Sanda. Until she dumped him, like a bad habit, Sola embraced romantic visions of him and Tinuade till death do them part. But this was a hollow fantasy, he would find.

While he nursed dreams of everlasting love with Tinuade, the latter neutered shoots of any such love blooming between them.

Tinuade’s definition of love was rooted in a floundering and false addiction to her whims and passion for living in the moment. Little wonder she had no qualms about breaking her husband’s heart.

Tinuade’s betrayal of her husband, Sola, was her rite of passage to the top of her career, it would seem. Indeed, betrayal is a nasty disease caused by a chronic deficiency of gratitude. By the time she would dump him, Tinuade conveniently forgot how he brought her from Ibadan, Oyo State, to Lagos, so that she may enjoy better career opportunities and a robust lease of life.

No sooner did Tinuade chance on her breakthrough than she dumped Sola. After dumping him, she took their children along with her and moved to Ikoyi in Lagos.

Left to Tinuade, she had a wonderful life ahead of her and she wouldn’t be hindered by the demands and responsibilities of marriage.

Her ex-husband, Sola Sanda, on his part, wasn’t a greenhorn in the marital enterprise. He simply loved and trusted Tinuade too much.

But to his chagrin, she repaid his love with betrayal and their marriage wilted like a severed tree trunk.

Soon after he brought his wife to Lagos, their marriage hit the rocks.

However, at their separation, he avoided rancour of any sort. He shunned the urge to lash out and trade allegations with her. Sola saw no reason to fight for a marriage in which trust had become a scarce commodity. Thus, when Tinuade moved out of their matrimonial home with their children to resettle elsewhere in highbrow Ikoyi, Sola struggled to keep his cool and maintain a stoic silence. Even though he was heartbroken, he accepted his reality of a broken home and sour love.

Mr Sanda simply maintained a stiff upper lip, counted his losses and moved on.

Looking back now, it would seem that he left her to karma’s judgment.

Sources close to the estranged couple argued that Tinuade’s recent travails may be her comeuppance for betraying her husband, Sola, whose love she treated with scorn as soon as she experienced a breakthrough in her career.

Until her removal as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Marina, Lagos, she carried on like a lioness who deemed the boardroom as her jungle. Thus she roared at will, threatening the peace of both the old and young in her orbit.

However, unlike the feral cat, Tinuade neither lived nor worked in a jungle. She wasn’t a lioness either. She was simply a parlour pet of the powers that be, who mistook herself to be a wild cat.

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Tinuade was recently booted out of her high office as a consequence of high-wired politics and power play that took place over several months.

Although there has been some vigorous pushback by her supporters, Tinuade, who has openly challenged her removal and dismissed it as unacceptable may be in for a tough and acrimonious battle to reclaim her spot.

If Tinuade has learned any lesson now, it must be that conceit is the ugliest armour a woman could wear. While the world saw her as a tiresome magpie, she looked down on the world, her husband included, thinking how ugly and despicable they all were.

There is no gainsaying vanity corrupted Tinuade’s soul, like a taint of vice inhabiting her blood and frail spirit. Not a few people wonder how she manages to sleep at night and live at peace with herself even as she ignores her children’s need for a father figure in their lives.

Tinuade’s vanity is unprecedented, according to very close sources to her. She simply chooses to live for herself and spares no expense in giving herself a treat. Now her love for selfish treats has led to a searing trial.

Source: TheCapital

 

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Eko DisCo fires CEO, Chiefs over NERC directive

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Eko DisCo fires CEO, Chiefs over NERC directive

The Board of Eko Electricity Distribution Company has removed Dr. Tinuade Sanda from her position as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

In a letter signed by the company’s Chairman, Dere Otubu and seen by Nairametrics, the company explained that the decision was due to a directive from the industry regulator, NERC.

“We have received a directive from NERC stating that all staff working for the utility must be employed directly by the utility, bound by applicable service conditions that are applicable to the employees of the utility, and paid through the utility’s payroll.
The Disco is obligated to comply with these directives due to the powers of NERC as stipulated in the Electricity Act 2023. In compliance with the aforementioned directive, all seconded staff from WPG Ltd are being released by Eko Electricity Distribution Plc and returned to WPG Ltd.

Accordingly, you are hereby relieved of your role, office, and position at Eko Electricity Distribution Plc effectively immediately, and returned to your employer, WPG Ltd.”
Nairametrics also obtained a copy of the letter from NERC titled ‘Alleged Ghost Workers In Eko Electricity Distribution Company – Call For Investigation’, wherein it instructed the distribution company to “ensure all existing WPG secondees involved in the loss of revenue to EKEDC in this matter are withdrawn back to WPG,” indicating that all WPG staff seconded to Eko DisCo should be removed.

WPG is the core investor in Eko DisCo.

 

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Zacch Adedeji: Appointment of Brilliance, Quality & Dedication

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By Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

Zacch Adedeji’s emergence as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) marks a turning point in Nigeria’s tax administration, he came on board with extensive experience, knowledge, and influential networks to steer the organization towards unprecedented success. Following a remarkable track record in financial management and strategic planning, Adedeji has embarked on a mission to revolutionize tax administration in Nigeria.

The recent strategic management retreat convened by FIRS is a testament to Adedeji’s commitment to change. This wasn’t just a meeting; it was a platform for reimagining tax administration in Nigeria. The retreat served as a platform to chart a new course for FIRS, transitioning it from its traditional role to a dynamic, customer-centric institution equipped to meet the demands of the modern tax landscape.

Adedeji’s mantra is clear: taxpayers come first. He is determined to streamline processes, embrace technology, and provide clear guidance to taxpayers at every step of the way. By making tax collection more accessible and understandable, he is ensuring a culture of compliance and cooperation.

FIRS has set high goals and plans under his leadership, aiming to collect a staggering N19.4 trillion in taxes this year. To realize this goal, he has assembled a team of high-caliber professionals, endowed with technical expertise and a shared commitment to excellence. This team is tasked with implementing approaches to revenue collection, leveraging advanced technologies, and data-driven insights to optimize tax compliance and minimize revenue leakages.

Adedeji is not afraid to shake things up. He’s pushing for an “emergency fiscal bill” to be presented to the National Assembly, providing much-needed clarity on the government’s fiscal direction. This move demonstrates Adedeji’s commitment to creating a more stable and supportive environment for businesses to thrive.

FIRS has extended a lifeline to taxpayers by granting full relief on accumulated penalties and interests for outstanding tax liabilities. This gesture, reflective of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to supporting businesses, will alleviate the financial burden on taxpayers and foster a more conducive environment for tax compliance.

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves have also experienced a boost, reaching $34.416 billion, marking the highest in nine months. This surge, closely monitored by tax authorities like Dr. Adedeji, signals a positive development for the Nigerian Economy. With a stronger economy, tax collection will improve, and revenue goals will be met.

The leadership at FIRS now represents a new dawn in Nigerian tax administration. As the management continues its journey towards achieving its revenue targets and fostering economic growth, one thing is clear: with Adedeji at the helm, the future looks bright.

Arabinrin Aderonke, an award-winning investigative journalist and 2016 Finalist, CNN African Journalist Award, currently serves as Technical Media Assistant at the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS

 

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FIRS: 10 facts to know about Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

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The Executive Director of FAME Foundation, Arabirin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, has urged Nigerians to refrain from gossip and allow the EFCC to conduct a proper investigation into Betta Edu’s humanitarian ministry regarding the N585m scandal.

In a world where dreams know no bounds, one shining star emerges to carry the aspirations of countless young girls. Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, a name that resonates with promise and determination, is a beacon of hope for the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS.

She is a focused and committed individual with sound self-esteem and a sense of identity, a team player with a positive attitude and outlook to life.

Below are the 10 facts to know about Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

  1. Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, social worker, administrator, gender, and a graduate of peace studies and conflict resolution, with career spanning over 16 years.
  2. She is the founder of FAME Foundation www.famefoundationwg.org, an award-winning not-for-profit organization set up to formulate sustainable programs for women and girls in Nigeria. Since its founding, the organization has directly impacted over 10, 000 women and girls and indirectly impacted over 22, 000 Nigerians..
  3. She was Sports editor and eventually elevated to the role of managing editor at NAIJ.com (now known as Legit.ng).
  4. She served as a Representative of the President-Elect, in the Media and Publicity Sub-Commitee of the Presidential Transition Council that ushered in the current President of Nigeria.
  5. She is a fellow of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, New York, where she was selected and sponsored to attend the GIJC conference in Lillehammer, Norway.
  6. She was appointed to serve as representative and member of the Federal Government Team on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Line Up Live Up Program (LULU).
  7. In 2018, based on her advocacy and passion for women and girls, she was specially invited by FIFA to participate in the Women Football Convention in France.
  8. She won the ‘Sports Category’ at Wole Soyinka Investigate Award in 2013; Leadership awards from Rotary and Lions club 2015 and 2016 respectively; humanitarian award from Goodwill ambassador awards 2016.
  9. She was a finalist in the 2016 CNN African Journalist Award for her report on sexual abuse of female athletes by male coaches.
  10. she singlehandedly led the 2016 African Champions Super Falcons #PayFalcons (a hashtag that trended on Twitter for 2 straight days) protest to the Presidential Villa when allowances were not paid after winning the African Women Championship, they were paid under 48hours.

 

 

 

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From Bolaji Agbede to Adaora Umeoji… Inside the world of female CEOs leading Nigerian banks

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From Bolaji Agbede to Adaora Umeoji… Inside the world of female CEOs leading Nigerian banks

Women are shattering glass ceilings around the globe, making indelible marks across sectors, and the Nigerian banking industry is not left out, as Adaora Umeoji joins the list of female chief executive officers (CEO) in the sector.

Appointed as group managing director (GMD) and GCEO on March 19, Umeoji will replace Ebenezer Onyeagwu, whose five-year tenure as GMD and chief executive elapses on May 31.

What’s more interesting is Umeoji will be the first woman to take up the position at Zenith Bank.

As Umeoji becomes the latest bank CEO in town, TheCable brings you the profile of 11 female chief executives of banks in the country.

ADAORA UMEOJI

Umeoji has over 30 years of experience in banking, including 26 years at Zenith Bank.

Before Umeoji was appointed GCEO-designate, she held the position of deputy managing director of Zenith Bank from October 2016.

She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Jos, a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and a first-class honours in law from Baze University, Abuja.

Umeoji is also a graduate of the University of Salford, United Kingdom, where she bagged a master of laws degree. She also obtained a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Calabar, and a doctorate in business administration from Apollos University, USA.

BOLAJI AGBEDE

Bolaji Agbede, acting group CEO of Access Holdings, took over on February 13, following the death of Herbert Wigwe, the company’s former GCEO.

Agbede has worked in banking operations, customer relationship management, and human resources management departments for over 27 years.

Beginning her career in 1992 as an executive trainee, she worked her way up to manager in 2001 at Guaranty Trust Bank, where she also held various positions such as vault custodian and relationship manager.

She subsequently served as CEO of JKG Limited, a business consulting firm, in 2003.

Agbede joined Access Bank in 2003 as an assistant general manager and was responsible for managing the bank’s portfolio of chemical trading companies.

She also headed the bank’s human resources department between 2010 and 2022 and was appointed the company’s founding executive director, business support, in 2022.

Agbede holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Lagos (1990) and subsequently obtained a master of business administration degree from Cranfield University in 2002.

MIRIAM OLUSANYA

Miriam Olusanya is the MD of Guaranty Trust Bank (Nigeria) Limited, a subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc – a position she assumed in July 2021.

After beginning her career at the bank in 1998 as an executive trainee, Olusanya advanced through the ranks and now possesses over 25 years of experience in a variety of banking-related fields, including corporate finance, investment banking, financial markets, asset and liability management, investor relations, and transaction services.

Prior to her appointment as the bank’s MD, she was appointed executive director in 2018 and held positions as the group’s treasurer and head of its wholesale banking division.

Olusanya currently serves as a non-executive director on the board of GTBank (Gambia) Limited. She is also a non-executive director of the Nigerian Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS) and the Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities (SANEF).

She graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy (B. Pharm) and the University of Liverpool, UK, with a master’s degree in business administration (finance and accounting).

NNEKA ONYEALI-IKPE

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe took office as MD/CEO, Fidelity Bank, on January 1, 2021, becoming the first female MD/CEO in the bank’s history.

Before the appointment, she was executive director, south-west region, overseeing the bank’s business in the region’s six states, from January 2015 to December 2020.

She has professional experience of over 30 years across various banks, having commenced her career in 1986.

Onyeali-Ikpe has worked at Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, and Citizens International Bank Limited, where she held several management positions in legal, treasury, investment banking, retail/commercial banking, and corporate banking.

Onyeali-Ikpe holds bachelor of laws (LLB) and master of laws (LLM) degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kings College, London, respectively.

YEMISI EDUN

Yemisi Edun is MD and CEO of First City Monument Bank — the first woman to ever hold the position at the organisation.

She assumed the position in July 2021 following an allegation of marital infidelity against Adam Nuhu, the former FCMB MD.

Edun started her career in 1987 as a corporate finance specialist with Akintola Williams Deloitte, a member firm of Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu.

Thereafter, Edun joined FCMB in 2000 as divisional head of internal audit and control before assuming the role of chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank in 2015.

Edun holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Ife, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in international accounting and finance from the University of Liverpool, UK.

TOMI SOMEFUN

Tomi Somefun, Unity Bank MD/CEO

Tomi Somefun was appointed MD/CEO of Unity Bank Plc in August 2015.

Prior to her appointment, she served as the executive director overseeing the Lagos and south-west business directorates, and the treasury department of the bank.

She has 35 years of experience in the private sector, 26 of which are in the banking industry.

From 1982 to 1986, she worked as a senior audit assistant for KPMG, which was the beginning of her nearly 40-year journey to become the formidable banker she is today.

After working for a few more years as a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen, she left in 1989 to become an associate at Ventures & Trusts Limited.

Veering into the banking sector, she began working with Credit Bank Limited, before joining UBA Group, where she served as the MD/CEO of two significant UBA subsidiaries, including UBA Pensions Custodian, a start-up company, which was founded with her as the pioneer MD.

She graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1981 with a bachelor of education in English language.

BUKOLA SMITH

Bukola Smith, MD at FSDH Merchant Bank

Bukola Smith assumed the position of MD at FSDH Merchant Bank in April 2021.

With a track record of strategic execution and leadership, she has 29 years of progressive experience in the banking industry.

Before her appointment as MD of FSDH, she was the executive director, business development at FCMB and held several other leadership positions after joining in 2006.

Smith holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK, and a B.Sc in Economics from the University of Lagos.

YETUNDE ONI

Yetunde Oni, MD Union Bank

Yetunde Oni, in January 2024, was appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the MD/CEO of Union Bank of Nigeria.

Until her appointment with the bank, Oni was a financial services leader with a successful career spanning over 30 years, holding senior positions in international and local banks, and focusing on emerging markets.

Before she made it to the top of a financial institution, Oni had an 11-year stint at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated as a relationship manager, from 1994 to 2005.

In September 2014, Oni held the position of pioneer head of commercial clients at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited, before becoming the lender’s MD and country head of commercial banking in West Africa in 2017.

In January 2021, Oni achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first female MD/CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone.

Oni is a University of Ibadan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and has an MBA from Bangor University, Wales.

HALIMA BUBA

Halima Buba, MD SunTrust Bank

Halima Buba is currently the MD/CEO of SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited, appointed in January 2020.

Buba was a co-founder and former executive director at Taj Consortium — an organisation of young dynamic technocrats and financial advisory experts, from 2017 until 2020 — before her appointment to SunTrust Bank.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Maiduguri and an MBA from the same university.

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, MD and CEO, Citibank Nigeria and Ghana

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, appointed in September 2020, doubles as the CEO of Citibank Nigeria and Citibank’s country officer for Nigeria and Ghana.

Prior to being appointed CEO of Citibank Nigeria, Samuel-Ogbu was the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) head, payments and receivables, treasury and trade solutions (TTS) under Citi’s institutional clients group (ICG) based in London, UK.

She has also served as a non-executive director on the board of Citibank Nigeria Limited.

For the past 32 years, Samuel-Ogbu has held various roles across Citi’s businesses in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa – having worked in each of the countries twice.

Samuel-Ogbu obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Middlesex University, UK and has an MBA from the University of Bradford, UK.

KAFILAT ARAOYE

Kafilat Araoye, MD/CEO of Lotus Bank

Kafilat Araoye was appointed in 2020 as the MD/CEO of Lotus Bank.

She started her career in 1988 at National Oil and Chemicals Marketing Company Plc (now Conoil Nigeria Plc), and moved in 1990 to GTBank, as the pioneer head of HR.

Her last position at the firm was general manager and group head, human resource group — a position she exited in 2015.

Subsequently, Araoye moved to XYZ Outsourcing and Management Consulting Limited, from 2015 to 2020.

Araoye holds a first degree in history from the Obafemi Awolowo University and a master’s degree in industrial relations and personnel management from the University of Lagos — graduating as the best student in her class.

Source: TheCable Nigeria

 

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Top 10: Meet new world ’s richest person with $201bn

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, on Thursday, replaced Bernard Arnault, a French entrepreneur, as the world’s richest person.

According to data from Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos has a net worth of $201 billion.

His net worth rose by $2 billion, from $199 billion on March 20.

The publication said Bezos’ source of wealth is from his e-commerce and cloud computing company, Amazon, as well as investments in media and streaming markets.

Arnault dropped from the top position after a $3 billion decline in his net worth, which fell from $202 billion to $199 billion within 24 hours.

Despite the significant drop in his net worth, Arnault, the owner of Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy (LVMH), was ranked second on the list of the richest people in the world.

Arnault is described as an investor and art collector, with an empire of 75 fashion and cosmetics brands, which includes Sephora.

The French businessman also owns jeweller, Tiffany & Co. after acquiring the company for $16 billion in 2021.

Elon Musk, owner of Tesla, follows the Frenchman closely in third position, with a net worth of $189 billion.

Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, and Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, with an estimated wealth of $179 billion and $153 billion, respectively, complete the top five.

The current top 10 richest people in the world are:

Jeff Bezos-$201 billion

Bernard Arnault-$199 billion

Elon Musk-$189 billion

Mark Zuckerberg-$179 billion

Bill Gates-$153 billion

Steve Ballmer-$147 billion

Larry Ellison-$142 billion

Warren Buffett-$138 billion

Larry Page-$135 billion

Sergey Brin-$128 billion

 

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