Notore Chemical Industries Plc listed N1.61 billion ordinary shares of N0.50 each at N62.50 per share a few weeks ago on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). At its listing price, this amounted to a market capitalisation of N100.63 billion.
The new listing has created some new billionaires and increased the valuation of already existing ones.
Here is a brief profile of the billionaires.
*Valuations are calculated using Notore’s closing share price on the NSE as at August 14, 2018.
Onajite Paul Okoloko
Onajite Paul Okoloko is the Group Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Notore Chemical Industries Plc.
Mr. Okoloko was one of the founding partners of the Ocean & Oil Group, which was incorporated in 1994. He was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Oando Energy Services, an integrated oil service subsidiary of Oando, from 1994 to 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the board of directors of Midwestern Oil and Gas Plc.
Okoloko graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria in 1986, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School OMP Programme (2008).
He has holdings of 4,218,670 or 0.21% stake in the firm, held through Okmine Global Ventures valued at N263,666,875.
Okoloko has an indirect stake of 400,308,279 shares in the company amounting to a 24.8% stake. At yesterday’s closing share price, this amounts to about N25 billion.
His total holdings in the company are thus valued at N25.2 billion.
Michael Osime graduated from the University of Lagos in 1981 with a degree in Actuarial Science. He also has an MBA from the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, obtained in 1985. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.
He is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICMG Securities Limited, a stock broking firm.
Michael Osime has 25,309,439 shares or a 1.57% stake in Notore Plc. This amounts to a net worth of N1.5 billion.
Mike Orugbo graduated from the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering at Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State in 1976. He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Teeside University, Middlesborough in 1983.
Orugbo worked for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) between 1977-1979 and 1983-1989. He founded O-Secul Engineering Company in 1989, which was later changed to O-Secul Nigeria Limited in 1997.
Mike Orugbo has 34,333,330 shares in Notore Plc, amounting to a 2.13%. At our cut–off date, this amounts to N2.1 billion.
Richard Herb has over two decades experience in the fertilizer industry. He commenced his career in 1970 with International Minerals Corp. Illinois, USA, where he obtained extensive knowledge of production of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium fertilisers.
In 1985 he was appointed Managing Director of International Ore and Fertiliser in Brussels, Belgium, a division of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and worked closely with NAFCON for a period of 10 years.
Richard Herb has 25,309,439 shares or a 1.57% stake in Notore plc. This amounts to a net worth of N1.5 billion.
General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (RTD)
Danjuma, through TY Holdings, has an 8.04% stake in Notore Plc amounting to 29,629,630 shares. At the current share price, this gives a valuation of N8.1 billion.
General TY Danjuma has been a recurrent member on Nairametrics’ billionaire watch list, by virtue of his holdings in May & Baker Plc, as well as holdings in blue-chip firms not publicly disclosed. Though not present on the board, TY Holdings is an investment vehicle which he exercises significant influence over.
T.Y. Danjuma, GCON, is the Chairman of May & Baker Nigeria Plc and once bailed the company from financial straits with a multi-billion Naira loan.
He had once been the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army from 1975 to 1979, and Minister of Defense for the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 1999, to March 2003.
Though largely known for his service in the military, Danjuma has also proven to be an astute businessman.
He has 254,841,302 units of shares in May & Baker Plc, valued at N581 million, going by yesterday’s closing price of N2.26 per share.
Billionaire investors in Nigeria you may not know
A compilation of top Investors in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with whom you may be unfamiliar.
As a Nigerian interested in investing or making money, names like Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga, Tony Elumelu, Jim Ovia, Rabiu Abdulsalam, etc., come to mind as aspirational role models when it comes to net-worth. These men have all made billions of naira investing in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange either as founders or strategic investors.
- However, there are many other ‘lesser-known investors in companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange who are worth billions (in naira).
- These investors are seasoned and while they may not always be the founders of the companies they are invested in; they own a significant chunk of the business through strategic investment stakes that earn them billions annually in capital appreciation and dividends.
49 years old Ma Huateng is the new richest man in China
Ma Huateng, with a net worth of $64.6bn surpassed the former richest man in China, Zhong Shanshan whose net worth stands at $62.5bn.
49-year-old Ma Huateng is currently the richest man in the most populous country in the world. Ma Huateng who is also called “Pony Ma” by fans, is the Chairman and Founder of Tencent Holdings, China’s biggest Internet enterprise.
Ma Huateng is currently worth $64.6bn surpassing Zhong Shanshan who is currently at $62.5bn according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s index
Ma Huateng is also the youngest amongst the first 15 multi-billionaires in the world.
At 49 years old, he is the Chairman of Tencent, a company listed amongst the biggest companies in the world by the sheer size of its market capitalization.
Road To riches
Ma Huateng founded Tencent 5 years after graduating from the University of Shenzhen where he studied Computer science. He teamed up with 4 of his colleagues in school to found the business. Tencent is the internet company behind the social media giant WeChat with over 1 billion users.
QQ and WeChat
Tencent’s first product (QQ) was an instant messaging app that connected early adopters of desktop computers and mobile phones. It quickly became China’s largest instant-messaging platform according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company enjoyed early success with QQ. In the coming years, it raised over $32 million in investment and went public in 2004.
In 2011, it launched its most successful product to date – the giant social media platform, wechat.com with over a billion users. In the massive Chinese online market where Facebook and WhatsApp are banned, WeChat enjoys a large share of the market. It also offers its users additional features like shopping, gaming etc.
Tencent primarily makes money from advertisement and premium subscribers.
Tencent’s diversified portfolio
Ma Huateng of Tencent is obviously a fan of diversified investment. The company has spread its tentacles to various areas and markets, mostly in the United States.
According To CNBC, Tencent has invested in the following companies:
1. It has a 5% stake in Tesla
2. A 10% stock swap with Spotify
3. A 10% stake in Snap
Ma Huateng is referred to as Pony Ma by his large and youthful fan base. He is not related to Alibaba founder Jack Ma; both billionaires, however, share mutual respect.
Ma Huateng is currently worth $63.4bn and is the biggest success story from the streets of Shenzhen which is often referred to as China’s Silicon Valley.
He is the latest richest man in China.
What you should know
- Ma Huateng and his colleagues did one simple thing. They founded a social media platform for their home country.
- Ma Huateng is a strong beneficiary of the long-standing ‘China First’ policy of the Chinese Communist Party.
- In a world where other countries are relying on US tech companies like Facebook and Apple for their tech products, the Chinese have always insisted on building their own and Ma Huateng is a product of such ideology.
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