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Otedola becomes second Nigerian billionaire with stakes in two companies worth over 1 trillion naira

Otedola's midas touch extends to financial services, as bullish market propels FBN Holdings to landmark valuation.

by Omokolade Ajayi
Femi Otedola

Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Femi Otedola has solidified his position as a major force in the African business scene and the Nigerian economy, becoming the second individual to own stakes in two companies worth over N1 trillion ($1,244,555,000). The first to achieve this feat is Abdul Samad Rabiu, whose listed companies, BUA Cement and BUA Foods, boast valuations exceeding N3 trillion ($3,733,665,000) each.

This latest achievement comes as the market capitalization of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBN Holdings), the country’s oldest lender, surpassed the N1-trillion ($1,244,555,000) mark — mirroring the success of Otedola’s rapidly growing power generation company, Geregu Power Plc.

Riding a wave of bullish sentiment that has pushed the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) All-Share Index to record highs, FBN Holdings has seen its shares rise steadily in recent weeks. The surge in buying interest culminated in three consecutive days of full bids on the local bourse, propelling the lender’s market capitalization above the N1-trillion ($1,244,555,000) mark, placing FBN Holdings among the prestigious4 “SWOOT” (Stocks Worth Over One Trillion) group on the NGX.

Otedola’s midas touch extends to financial services, as bullish market propels FBN Holdings to landmark valuation

For Otedola, the milestone achieved by FBN Holdings adds another feather to his cap. Having etched his name in history as the second Nigerian billionaire to be featured on the Forbes list in 2009, Otedola’s success continues to reach new heights. With his significant stake in FBN Holdings, Otedola not only ranks as the second individual with investments in two +N1-trillion ($1,244,555,000) companies on the NGX, but also solidifies his position as the third-richest investor on the exchange, trailing Rabiu and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote.

Otedola’s diverse investment portfolio, valued at more than $1.2 billion, further cements his place among Africa’s wealthiest individuals. His holdings include a majority stake in Geregu Power Plc, a leading player in Nigeria’s electricity generation sector, alongside his substantial investment in FBN Holdings. This showcases his multifaceted approach to investing, encompassing both power and financial services.

FBN Holdings: A strategic investment for Femi Otedola

FBN Holdings, a financial services behemoth and parent company of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has become a focal point of Otedola’s investment strategy in recent years. This complements his ongoing commitment to addressing Nigeria’s power challenges through Geregu Power Plc, demonstrating a comprehensive approach to fostering economic development across key sectors.

Throughout his impressive journey in the African business landscape, Otedola has demonstrated a keen eye for deploying transformative strategies. This is evident in the robust financial performance of entities where he commands significant stakes. In the case of FBN Holdings, Otedola’s involvement has seen the group’s earnings and valuation soar to record levels, further solidifying its position as one of Nigeria’s leading financial services groups.

Looking ahead: Continued growth and impact

Otedola’s shrewd investment strategies and the impressive financial performance of FBN Holdings continue to underscore his influence on the Nigerian financial services industry. As Otedola’s fortunes swell, so too does the valuation of FBN Holdings, signaling yet another triumph for the leading billionaire who is one of Africa’s most astute business minds.

With his strategic investments and relentless pursuit of excellence, Otedola continues to make significant contributions to the Nigerian economy and beyond. His diversified portfolio and insightful leadership are not only driving success, but also fostering positive change across crucial sectors like power and finance. 

Femi Otedola’s enduring impact: Supporting education with multi-million dollar donations

While Otedola continues to build success across his diverse business ventures, his commitment to philanthropy remains unwavering. In October, he solidified his position as one of Africa’s most generous billionaires with a N750-million ($1 million) donation to Augustine University in Ilara-Epe, Lagos State. 

This gift, serving as a scholarship fund, will cover the tuition fees of 750 students, both returning and incoming, for the entire 2023-2024 academic session. This contribution will significantly ease the financial burden for hundreds of students and their families.

Earlier this year, he funded the construction of Augustine University’s Engineering Faculty complex — a project estimated at N2 billion ($2.53 million). The first phase of this complex, valued at N670 million ($850,000), was completed and inaugurated in February, paving the way for enhanced engineering education at the university.

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