Tony Elumelu is a Nigerian Businessman, entrepreneur, investor, and billionaire. He was born on the 22nd of March 1963 in Jos to Dominic and Suzanne Elumelu. In addition to being a businessman, Tony whose full name is Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is also an economist and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and the founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. He also has other qualifications that are not academic of which includes; the Nigeria
a national honors, the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). In 2012 he was recognized as one of Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People by Forbes magazine. He was also ranked 31 on the list of Africa’s 50 richest men in 2015.
He was born in Plateau State, Nigeria; Jos precisely. He hails from Onicha-Ukwu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. He is a graduate of both Ambrose Alli University and the University of Lagos. From Ambrose Alli University he got a bachelor’s degree and from the University of Lagos he got master of science degree. He also went to Harvard Business School for the Advanced Management Programme.
His is a family of 5 which comprises his wife Awele Vivian Elumelu, a medical doctor whom he married in 1993 and his four daughters. Tony is monogamous and has been married only once. He also has four siblings including Ndudi Elumelu a Nigerian politician and former member of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives.
Career And Rise To Prominence
Tony started his walk to fame and wealth when he took over seemingly insignificant struggling commercial bank in Lagos, Nigeria with a small group of investors. He went on to revive and make it profitable again and fused it with the United Bank for Africa in 2005. The banking group grew so much and so fast that it currently has branches in up to 20 African countries, in the U. S and also in U.K with a staggering customer base of more than seven million customers from African countries alone. Elumelu also has landed properties across Nigeria and a marginal stake in mobile telecom firm MTN Nigeria to mention a few of his assets.
After he retired from his position at UBA he went on to initiate Heirs Holdings; an African proprietary investment company looking to build Africa;s development through long-term investment in vital sectors. Heirs Holdings invests in areas like financial services, energy, real estate and hospitality, healthcare and also agribusiness. He also initiated the Tony Elumelu Foundation which is a philanthropic organisation located and based in Africa and also funded by Africa. The foundation is committed to the pursuit of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship and to also promote the competitiveness of the private sector over and across Africa. Heirs Holdings has continued to expand since its creation, this it has done by acquiring profitable assets along the years one of which includes a significant stake in the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp). Elumelu was eventually made Chairman of the corporation.
Below listed are a few other of the positions he holds:
- Advisor to the USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa (PCGA) Patners Forum.
- Membership of the President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council (ATIC).
- Vice-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN).
- Co-chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security.
- He also chairs the Ministerial Committee to build reputable hospitals and diagnostic centers across Nigeria.
- Membership of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) and USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum.
- The title of Member of the order of the Federal Republic (MFR), a national honour which was conferred on him in 2003.
- He was voted African Business Leader of the Year by African Investor magazine in 2006 and was also recognized as the African Banker of the Year in 2008 by the same magazine.
- President Umaru Musa Yar’adua asked him to serve on the Presidential Committee on the Global Financial Crisis in 2009.
- He has decorated the highly esteemed National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for his service in promoting private enterprise in 2012.
- In 2012 New African magazine featured him in their list of the “100 Moat Influential Africans in Business”.
- He received the Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy from the Africa-America Institute (AAI) Awards in 2013.
- Also in 2013 he was named African Business Icon at the 2013 African Business Awards.
- In April 2016 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at At the 5th edition of the annual Economic Forum of the Ivorian National Council of Employers, CGECI Academy, (CGECI) in
Tony Elumelu’s Net Worth
His net worth is $700 million as seen on Forbes, 2015 Rating.