Dangote Drops Out Of Top 60 Billionaires List
Dangote Drops Out Of Top 60 Billionaires List

Dangote Drops Out Of Top 60 Billionaires List

2 years ago
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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has dropped out of the top 60 world’s wealthiest people and is now standing in 72nd place, a new report has said.

Just last month – May, Dangote was ranked 60th richest person globally with a net worth of $20 billion only to have his value dip barely one month after.

Reportedly, the Nigerian businessman’s networth surged by over $1.7 billion this year to $20.2 billion as of 8 June 2022, thanks to an increase in the market value of his cement company.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian billionaire started 2022 on an upward note after being ranked the 97th richest person in the world in January, with a net worth of $19.2 billion.

Back in May, the Nigeria business magnate was ranked the 67th richest person on the list, while Johann Rupert overtook Nicky Oppenheimer to reclaim his title as South Africa’s richest man. Since the beginning of the year, Rupert has lost over $2 billion due to the Russia and Ukraine conflict that has caused the share price of the Swiss Luxury goods holdings’ to fall to its lowest level in more than two years.

Notably, the Dangote refinery project is still on track to be completed by 2023 and requires an additional USD1.1 billion capex in 2022 to be partly funded by the new bond, according to the report.

It also hoped that Dangote will likely reclaim his spot on the top 60 billionaires list soon enough, considering his bets on the newly launched fertiliser plant and the Dangote Refinery that is expected to commence operations by Q3 2022.

However, Prime Business Africa notes an earlier report published by the world’s biggest global rating agency, Fitch, where it was said, Dangote was seeking to raise an additional $1.1 billion (900 billion) to complete the refinery but has invested all his cash and even borrowed to finance the refinery project. Take a look: Africa’s Richest Man, Dangote To Borrow Additional $1.1 Billion To Complete Refinery By 2023

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Also, the report added that Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) was planning to establish a local bond programme amounting to USD750 million to partially finance the completion of its refinery and petrochemical plant. DIL’s subsidiaries – Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited (DORC) and Dangote Fertiliser Limited (DFL) – will be co-obligors under the proposed programme.

“Funding for the completion of the refinery project is expected to be partly covered by proceeds of the new bond. If the transaction is not successful, or should completion costs overrun or market conditions in the cement or urea sector deteriorate materially, we do not believe that DIL’s existing creditors would have further lending capacity. We believe that further asset sales, either in cement or stakes in the projects, would be the more likely options to address funding of the refinery,” the report stated.


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