Nigeria’s renowned business tycoon, Aliko Dangote, experienced a significant setback in his billionaire ranking as his net worth took a hit, according to the latest Bloomberg Billionaire ranking released on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Dangote, the chairman of the Dangote Group, slipped from the 72nd position to the 76th position, marking a drop of four places within a short span of time. The decline follows his remarkable ascent in the rankings on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
Alongside the decline in ranking, Dangote also witnessed a substantial reduction in his net worth, with approximately $143 million (equivalent to about N66.2 billion) being slashed from his fortune. As a result, Africa’s richest man now holds a net worth of around $21.1 billion, compared to the $21.2 billion recorded just a day prior on May 31, 2023.
The share price of Dangote Cement, a key contributor to Dangote’s wealth, remained stable on Thursday, June 1, 2023, trading at N290 per share. However, market sentiments toward the stock were affected by dwindling investor confidence, following an eventful week during which the Nigerian Stock Exchange set a record by gaining over N5 trillion.
Analysts suggest that the recent surge in investor optimism stems from renewed confidence in the Nigerian economy following a successful change of government in Africa’s largest economy. This positive sentiment has contributed to a flurry of investments and heightened activity in the Nigerian stock market.
Meanwhile, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emerged as the 10th richest individual globally, with an estimated net worth close to $100 billion. Zuckerberg’s impressive financial standing reflects a remarkable rebound in 2023, with his net worth surging by over $50 billion. This surge was fueled by strategic measures, including significant staff layoffs within the industry.
Having climbed the billionaire ranking ladder, Zuckerberg now finds himself below Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who hold respective net worths of $112 billion and $106 billion.
Experts predict that Zuckerberg is well-positioned to compete for a spot among the top five wealthiest individuals in the world. Despite challenges faced by Meta, particularly due to setbacks in its metaverse project, Zuckerberg’s resurgent net worth signals a resurgence in investor confidence. Meta shares traded at $273.2, surpassing Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla, whose shares traded at $207.52, marking a 1.76% increase.
Additionally, it was reported that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, reclaimed the title of the world’s richest person, surpassing French luxury merchant Bernard Arnault. Musk’s net worth soared to approximately $192 billion, aided by a $1 billion surge in the last 24 hours. This propelled him to the top position after occupying the second spot for over six months. In contrast, Arnault moved to the second position with a net worth of $187 billion, having experienced a $5 billion decrease in the past day.
The dynamic fluctuations in the billionaire rankings reflect the dynamic nature of global wealth and the ever-evolving market conditions. Investors and analysts continue to closely monitor the financial performances of these influential individuals and their respective companies as they navigate through an increasingly competitive landscape.