Top 10 Richest Governors in Nigeria (2022 List)

This article lists the ten richest governors in Nigeria in 2022. This list will only include the current governors of Nigeria who are affluent, not those who have left office. This page does not mention their net wealth.

While we cannot deny that the majority of the country’s governors amassed their fortunes through a series of roles they held, others were successful billionaire businessmen before entering politics.

richest governors in Nigeria
richest governors in Nigeria

Being a governor in Nigeria has seen most politicians enrich themselves for personal gain. Following the conclusion of the last election, we now have the latest ranking of Nigeria’s wealthiest governors in 2022.

It should be noted that some governors in Nigeria had companies and assets worth millions of Naira before entering politics.

List Of Top 10 Richest Governors in Nigeria:

  1. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello
  2. Gov. Nyesom Wike
  3. Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
  4. Governor Dapo Abiodun
  5. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
  6. Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed
  7. Governor Godwin Obaseki
  8. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
  9. Governor Ganduje
  10. Governor Bala Mohammed
  11. Governor Seyi Makinde

Others have utilized public office to enrich themselves for personal benefit, causing inhabitants in their states to live in poverty.

The Current Top Ten Richest Governors in Nigeria 2022

1. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

He is the current governor of Niger State and the richest governor in Nigeria as of 2022.

He was born on June 17, 1967. Only his family’s net worth has been identified by Forbes magazine as being among the richest not only in Northern Nigeria, but also in Africa, according to our study.

Before entering politics or holding public office, Governor Sani Bello was born into a privileged family. So we know his fortune is legitimate, making him Nigeria’s wealthiest state governor at the moment.

2. Gov. Nyesom Wike

Gov. Nyesom Wike - richest governors in Nigeria
Gov. Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike is the current governor of Rivers state, an oil-producing state in Nigeria’s Niger Delta and south-south region.

He is also a PDP governor in Nigeria, having replaced Rotimi Amaechi in the state. He is also Nigeria’s best-performing governor this year.

3. Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, the current Governor of Kaduna State, is third on our list of the wealthiest Nigerian state governors. He is a vociferous opponent of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was born on June 16, 1960 in Katsina State and has been involved in politics for a long time. He was even a previous FCT minister before being elected governor of Kaduna.

Because of his degrees from London and Havard University, many see him as Nigeria’s best educated governor.

4. Governor Dapo Abiodun

Governor Dapo Abiodun - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Dapo Abiodun

Dapo Abiodun, the incumbent governor of Ogun state, is ranked fourth on this list of the wealthiest Nigerian governors.

Dapo Abiodun’s net worth is estimated to be more than $314 million (unverified) as the CEO of Heydon Petroleum, a prominent oil firm in Nigeria.

5. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born 25 June 1965) is the current Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria.

He was elected governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress after contesting and unexpectedly winning the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial primaries against incumbent Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in October 2019.

He holds degrees from the University of Lagos, the London Business School, the Lagos Business School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to running for governor, he was the managing director and CEO of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).

6. Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed

Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed

Abdulfatai Ahmed, the current Governor of Kwara State, is ranked sixth on this list of the top ten richest governors in Nigeria. He was born on June 29, 1963, in Share, Ifelodun, Kwara State.

7. Governor Godwin Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Godwin Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki of Edo state is another affluent state governor whose name deserves to be included on our list.

He is also one of the most educated state governors in the country, with many academic degrees to his name.

His political affiliation The APC is the country’s current ruling party, and he has established his party in the state.

8. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto is the seventh wealthiest governor in Nigeria as of 2022. Before becoming the state governor of Sokoto, he was a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

Aside from that, he is one of the most powerful northern Hausa politicians in the country, having switched from the PDP to the APC before returning to the PDP, where he won his second term as governor of the state.

Governor Tambuwal is one of Nigeria’s most effective governors today.

9. Governor Ganduje

Governor Ganduje - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Ganduje

Governor Ganduje is the current governor of Kano State and one of Nigeria’s wealthiest governors in 2022.

Ganduje is regarded as one of the country’s most corrupt governors after an alleged video of him accepting bribes appeared online.

He belongs to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

10. Governor Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Mohammed - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Bala Mohammed

Bala Mohammed is the current governor of Bauchi state and a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He’s also a wealthy Nigerian governor.

11. Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde - richest governors in Nigeria
Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Mainde of Oyo State is the last on the list.

Makinde is a businessman as well as one of Nigeria’s wealthiest politicians. He just disclosed his assets to be worth N48 billion, as required by law.

With these affluent politicians on our list of the richest governors in Nigeria 2022, the question that comes is why are their states among the poorest in the country.

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