Africa’ s richest person and President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has been ranked among 75 most powerful people on the planet, ahead of the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence.
According to the Forbe’s 2018 ranking of the World Powerful People, Dangote ranked among world leaders like the Chinese President, Xi Jinping; the Russian President, Vladimir Putin; and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who were ranked first, second and third, respectively.
The 61 year old Dangote was ranked the 66th most powerful person in the world.
Dangote is the only Nigerian on the list and the second African who made the list, with the other being the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi , who was ranked the 45 th most powerful person on the planet.
The top 10 most powerful people in the world as listed by Forbes are the
1. Chinese President, Xi Jinping
2. Russian President, Vladimir Putin
3. President of the United States, Donald Trump
4. German Chancellor.Angela Markel
5. Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos
6. Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis
7. Bill Gates
8. Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
9. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi
10. Chief Executive of Google, Larry Page.
In 2016 , Dangote was the only black man who made the list released in 2017, apart from the then President of the United States, Barack Obama, and was listed at number 71, just above the then American presidential contender, Trump, who was listed at number 72.
According to the Forbe’s rich list, Dangote as of May 2018 had an estimated net worth of $13.1 bn and ranked among the 100 richest in the world and the richest in Africa, a position he has held for almost a decade.