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Aliko Dangote’s net worth falls by $1.4 billion in Q1 2021 amid stock market sell-off

Africa’s richest man saw his wealth decline from $17.8 billion at the beginning of the quarter, to $16.4 billion.

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote saw his net worth fall by $1.4 billion to $16.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

Data tracked from the Bloomberg Billionaire Index revealed that the net worth of the Nigerian businessman declined from $17.8 billion at the beginning of the quarter, to $16.4 billion yesterday, the 31st of March 2021.

The billionaire who is the founder of Dangote Industries Limited, Africa’s most diversified manufacturing conglomerate, has seen his wealth decline by about 7.9% this year following the fall in the shares of his listed businesses.

The shares of Dangote Cement and Dangote Sugar Refinery opened the year at N244.9 and N17.60 respectively. However, the sell-off in the Nigerian equity space triggered by the rising yields in the fixed income space saw the shares of these companies slid to N215 and N17 per share respectively.

This move led to a fall in the market capitalization of the companies and culminated into the $1.4 billion loss in the net-worth of the billionaire in the first quarter of 2021.

The Billionaire had an eventful quarter

Aliko Dangote and his leading manufacturing conglomerate, Dangote Industries had a rather impressive and eventful first quarter, despite the decline in his net worth.

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During the quarter, Dangote’s $2.5 billion granulated fertilizer plant located in Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), went through a production test run, as the plant looks set to commence operation.

Guiseppe Surrace, the Chief Operations Officer of Dangote Oil Refining Company in a video revealed the progress made at the Dangote Oil Refinery, noting that plans have been made to complete pipes installation in the facility in line with the schedule.

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Dangote’s cement business, Dangote Cement Plc, became the second listed Nigerian entity to hit the N1 trillion revenue mark in 2020. The cement company also sustained a dividend payout of N16 per share for the third year, as the board proposed to pay shareholders a dividend of N272 billion.

The billionaire is expected to receive about 90% of this dividend.

Facts about Dangote’s net worth valuation

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The majority of Dangote’s fortune is derived from his 86% stake in the publicly-traded Dangote Cement, as the billionaire holds the shares of the company directly and through his conglomerate, Dangote Industries.

He holds stakes in Nascon Allied Industries and United Bank for Africa, directly and through Dangote Industries, a conglomerate that also owns closely held businesses operating in food manufacturing, fertilizer, oil, and other industries.

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Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor. He is a business owner and a stern advocate of Financial literacy, who believes in the huge economic prospect of the Nigerian Payment channels and Fintech space.

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    Elon Musk loses an estimated $6bn after a Tesla car accident killed two people

    Elon Musk’s net worth dipped by $6 billion following a tragic Tesla car accident that killed two people.

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    They also struggled to put out the fire from the Tesla car and even called Tesla for help. The death of the two men has sparked a heated argument between Tesla and its critics. Autopilot or not?

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    What you should know

    Elon Musk is now worth $183bn following the recent drop. He closed the gap on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to $4bn early last week. The gap has widened to $14bn today.

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    TikTok’s 38 year-old founder is worth $35.5 billion – Here’s what we know

    At 38 years old, Zhang Yiming is the 39th richest man in the world.

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    Bytedance’s first major valuation was in 2018 where it was valued at $75bn according to Forbes. This was followed by another valuation which put it at $140bn according to CB Insights.

    The latest 2021 valuation places ByteDance at over $250bn according to the South China morning post.

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    • At 38 years old, Zhang Yiming is the 39th richest man in the world. His parents were civil servants.
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