Owning a private jet is obviously one of the ways some Nigerian dignitaries like to display their enormous wealth. And without any doubts, the ownership of private jets has generated a great deal of controversial accusations in Nigeria. Some people have criticized private jet owners in Nigeria with the belief that they may have stolen other people’s money. Regardless of what claims anyone holds against private jet owners in Nigeria, the undisputed fact is that they are wealthy and influential people.
Many people are curious to find out the leading private jet owners in Nigeria or probably the person with the highest number of private jets in the country. Quite interestingly, this is one of the issues many curious Nigerian youths love to discuss with each other.
In Nigeria, private jet owners are found among politicians, pastors, and business moguls. Normally, an average Nigerian would criticize any politician with a private jet, but this article is not aimed at criticizing any Nigerian politician for owning a private jet.
In other cases, some people criticize pastors who own one or more private jets and allege that they embezzle tithes and other church donations. However, under any circumstance, this article is not centered on criticizing the owners of private jets in Nigeria.
In 2017, more than 25 private jets touched down in the capital of Niger State as Ibrahim Babangida celebrated his daughter’s wedding. Considering the amount of private jets which graced the wedding ceremony, one would easily agree that Nigeria has a significant number of private jet owners. And as contained in reports, Nigeria is the African country with the highest number of private jets.
Discussions about private jet owners in Nigeria have continuously fuelled arguments and it is evident that many Nigerians wish to know the leading private jet owners in the country.
Based on findings, Orji Uzor Kalu (politician and business mogul) has acquired no less than 5 private jets. Besides, he is said to have acquired the most expensive jet in Nigeria. Regarding these findings, Orji Uzor Kalu maintains great influence as the largest owner of private jets in Nigeria.
At this juncture, a great deal of people would be dying to know the other leading private jet owners in Nigeria and the number of private jets they each own. If you happen to be one of these people, endeavour to read this article to the concluding part.
Private Jet Owners In Nigeria
1. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu is a wealthy Nigerian of Igbo descent. He’s one of the rich Nigerians who own private jets. In fact, his fleet of private jets is the largest in the country.
Formerly, he served as the governor of Abia State and besides his political influence, Orji Uzor Kalu has taken the advantage of his massive business dealings to appear on Forbes’ list of Nigerian billionaires.
Within Kalu’s fleet of 5 private jets is a Gulfstream G650 -an expensive jet believed to be worth #11.5 billion. Meanwhile, the four other private jets Orji Uzor Kalu boasts of are one Bombardier’s Global EXP XRS and 3 Gulfstream IV.
By and large, Orji Uzor Kalu is seen as Nigeria’s wealthiest Igbo man and his significant success both in politics and business makes him an influential Nigerian to reckon with. Besides, it is rumoured that Kalu’s Gulfstream G650 is the costliest private jet owned by a Nigerian.
2. Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is one of the wealthiest Nigerian pastors. His roles distinguish him as the General Overseer and founding father of the Living Faith Church Worldwide –which is alternatively known as Winners Chapel.
Bishop Oyedepo boasts of four private jets, making him Nigeria’s second-largest owner of private jets. Being a wealthy pastor, Bishop Oyedepo maintains some of the luxurious kinds of jets such as Bombardiers 604, a VG450 and a Gulfstream G550.
Without doubts, Winners Chapel is one of the most influential churches in Nigeria and many Nigerians believe Bishop Oyedepo’s dignified status is the reason for this. Also, it has been rumoured that Winners Chapel possesses the world’s largest church auditorium.
3. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff possess a fleet of 4 private jets, making him Nigeria’s second-largest owner of private jets -a feat he claims alongside Bishop David Oyedepo.
In previous times, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff held significant political posts as the Governor of Borno State and a member of the National Assembly. Meanwhile, he emerged as the first governor of Borno State to be re-elected consecutively.
A dignified member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is one of the wealthy politicians in Nigeria and his fleet of private jets consists of 3 Dorniers and 1 Gulfstream G650.
4. Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Often dubbed ”Asiwaju”, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the wealthiest and most influential politicians in Nigeria. He is the incumbent national leader of APC (All Progressives Congress) and in for two consecutive terms, he served as the governor of Lagos State before being succeeded by Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2007.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been in politics for years and his political fortune has made him one of Nigeria’s richest owners of private jets. Currently, his fleet consists of two private jets and his wife [Oluremi Tinubu] is a senator representing one of the senatorial districts in Lagos State.
5. Mike Adenuga
Mike Adenuga happens to be the second richest person on this list. Besides being the wealthiest Yoruba man, Mike Adenuga is currently the second richest Nigerian and his name constantly appears on Forbes’ lists of African billionaires.
Mike Adenuga controls one of the largest telecom outfits in Nigeria. Meanwhile, his ownership of Globacom has made him one of the most successful Nigerian enterpreneurs. Considered one of the wealthiest private jet owners in Nigeria, Mike Adenuga controls a splendid fleet 3 private jets comprising Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global Express XRS and Bombardier Challenger 604.
6. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is Nigerian woman of Yoruba descent. Her immense wealth (estimated at $1.2 billion) makes her Nigeria’s richest woman as well as the second richest woman in Africa.
Besides her soaring wealth, Folorunsho Alakija has been described as the second most influential African woman. At the moment, she fits perfectly into the exclusive group of Nigerian private jet owners. Often seen as one of the few dollar billionaires in Africa, Folorunsho Alakija owns a private jet (known as Global Express XRS) and the bulk of her massive wealth stems from her oil business.
7. Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote is a Hausa man and his voluminous business fortune makes him the face of Africa’s wealth. Considered Africa’s richest man as well as the wealthiest black man on the planet, Dangote is worth over $12 billion.
The bulk of Dangote’s wealth is attributed to vibrant business dealings which cut across the production of cement, sugar and various other commodities. In the world, Aliko Dangote has been named the 67th richest man and his name has frequently topped Forbes’ lists of Africa’s richest men.
Although Dangote is far wealthier than every other person on this list, the business mogul doesn’t have the same number of private jets as Orji Uzor Kalu.
Igo Charles Sanomi II
Regarded as one of Nigeria’s private jet owners, Igho Charles Sanomi II is a wealthy Nigerian and his wealth is largely attributed to diverse business dealings.
Currently, he boasts of a private jet identified as Bombardier Challenger 605. As a fortunate businessman, Igho Charles Sanomi II has made his mark in various sectors including real estate, aviation and oil.
9. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
Ayo Oritsejafor is one of the three pastors on this list of Nigerian private jet owners. He serves dignified clergy roles as the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church -the church he founded.
In previous times, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor served as the President of CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria). Currently, the clergyman possesses a Bombardier jet but according to him, the jet came as a gift.
10. T.B Joshua
Widely regarded as one of the richest and most influential Nigerian pastors, T.B Joshua owns a Gulfstream G550. The luxurious jet, which he obtained in 2015, is said to be worth $60 million.
The presence of pastors on this list has made it an undisputed fact that Nigerian pastors are making it big and T.B is definitely one of the Nigerian pastors to reckon with.
T.B Joshua serves clergy roles as the leader and pioneer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations -one of the globally recognized Nigerian churches.
So far, we have discussed ten Nigerian private jet owners. Nevertheless, it should be noted that there are more Nigerian private jet owners. In additon to the three pastors on this list, there are other wealthy Nigerian pastors who own private jets and some of these clergymen include Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (leader of Christ Embassy) and Pastor E.A Adeboye (General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God).
Quite frankly, most of the Private Jet Owners In Nigeria are politicians, reputable pastors, and successful businessmen.