Dangote only African named in this year’s Bloomberg 50 list of most influential people

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Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote was last night honored at the Bloomberg 50 annual gala dinner at New York’s iconic Gotham Hall.

Bloomberg’s list of 50 most influential names who have had an impact on the world in 2017 included Dangote, Africa’s richest person, for his outstanding commitment of over $4B USD to increase Nigeria’s food production capacity.

Represented in New York by the CEO of his Foundation, Dangote was joined by electric car visionary Elon Musk; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon; Beatrice Fihn, anti-nuclear weapons advocate and Nobel Peace Laureate; Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; Robert Mueller, special counsel investigating Donald Trump’s potential collusion with Russia; and Vitalik Buterin, whose invention of the cryptocurrency Ethereum is revolutionizing the new blockchain craze.

Dangote’s contribution to the world this year revolves around his dynamic attention to lessen food imports into his own country and Africa’s largest nation, Nigeria, by focusing on domestic production of sugar and dairy, with 500 million liters of Nigerian milk to be produced by 2019. Earlier this year he announced a $50B USD plan to invest in renewable energy.

“What sets The Bloomberg 50 apart from other lists is that each person chosen has demonstrated measurable change over the past year,” Bloomberg Businessweek editor Megan Murphy  said.

The event was emceed by actor Keegan-Michael Key, with a performance by Mandy Gonzalez of Broadway sensation “Hamilton.”

Dangote claimed another distinction at the Bloomberg 50; he was the only African.


2 Responses to Dangote only African named in this year’s Bloomberg 50 list of most influential people

  1. Thanks to God to have such people who can think of helping so many Africans to acquire jobs in his so many investments.

    Hakainde Hichilema built some hospital in Soutern Province and the media is quiet about it why? These are some of facilities we need to promote and use as Zambians but PF government is equally not talking about it.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

  2. This man is really a patriotic and a true businessman, he actually inspires me, he has acquired his wealth genuinely through agriculture and manufacturing businesses, he has even set up a cement plant in masaiti district thereby creating thousands of jobs for our local people. Despite being the richest man on the continent he is never involved in politics and does not aspire to be the president of Nigeria, he knows he can contribute to the wellbeing of his people through his wealth and this is what he does. How I wish Zambia had produced these kind of businessmen who carry people’s interest at heart not getting rich through the infamous privitisation of the mines, as if this was not enough the proceeds were even kept in offshore accounts to the detriment of the miners and their families. Cursed is that man as the tears of the former miners are still fresh.

    saimbwende saimbwende
    December 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

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