8. Jim Ovia
Net Worth: $850 Million
Rank In Nigeria: #8
Rank in Africa: #30 (#28 in 2013)
In July, banker Jim Ovia was appointed as chairman of Zenith Bank Group, the same bank he founded more than 20 years ago.
He remains the bank’s largest individual shareholder with a 9.3% stake.
His other assets include real estate across Nigeria, and Visafone.
In August, he started construction on a $1.5 billion petrochemical complex in Akwa-Ibom in Nigeria.