Small Alhaji Wiki
The golden child of Nigerian business circles “Aliko Dangote” has been a great source of inspiration to entrepreneurs in Nigeria and across Africa especially those who really want to start small but with big dreams.
In his journey of entrepreneurship, he identified and took advantage of opportunities. He was not discouraged by challenges which have resulted in his great achievement in the business world and also made him the business icon of our time.
The Nigerian billionaire as he is fondly called is one of the greatest Nigerian and African men who started very small and grew rapidly as a result of a complete focus on what he knew how best to do
Small Alhaji Biography
Small Alhaji was born on 10 April 1957 in Kano State. He belongs to a Muslim family. His mother’s name is Mariya Aliko while his maternal grandfather is Sanusi Dantata. He has three siblings – Sani Dangote, Bello Dangote and a younger brother who lost his life in an air crash in Kano with Ibrahim Abacha in 1996.
Raised up by his maternal great-grandfather Alhassan Abdullahi Dantata, Alhaji Aliko studied Business Studies and graduated from Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt. Many of us didn’t know Aliko Dangote got his initial capital at 21 years from his uncle, the late Alhaji Sanusi Dantata to start his own business, as was the practice then.
From the time he was young and had an eye on business. He thus started a business in Kano in 1977, trading in commodities and also building supplies. In the same year, he moved to Lagos and decided to trade on cement.
Surprisingly, while in primary school, he would buy cartons of sweets (sugar boxes) and would sell to fellow students to make profits, having learned the art of business and making money from his own father. This proves his huge interest in business, even at that time.
Dangote is one of most patriotic Nigerians living, having invested most of his resources in Nigeria and across the continent with little interest in making investment abroad, thereby playing a very significant role in achieving economic growth of Nigeria.
This obvious effort is seen when he denied the rumor that he had interest in buying a 16% stake in Premiership side belonging to Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith on May 23, 2010.
The business mogul has also proved that success is usually through determination, honesty, and perseverance; and not necessarily by acquiring Harvard-Oxford certificates or first-class academic qualification, considering the fact that he holds a minimum basic education. His managerial ability, alone, has caused envy among the economic professors across the continent.
Small Alhaji Wife, Small Alhaji Children
Like other men, the moneybag has his own share of the romantic sagas, having married and divorced thrice before his current marriage.
His first marriage was to a young woman his family selected for him in May 1977. In 2009, Dangote fell in love with Nafisat Yar’adua, his daughter’s friend and the young daughter of the late Nigerian President, Musa Yar’ Adua.
Sadly, Nafisat turned down his advances because Halima, Dangote’s daughter, was her friend. He later got married to Mariya A. D Muhammad Rufai, a Senator’s daughter. After the second divorce, there were rumours about a romance between the richest man in Africa and the Queen of Beauty of 2013 Sylvia Nduka.
At the moment, it’s not known if he is married to any woman. He could possibly be single as there is no information about his present marital status.
The African mogul reportedly has 15 children, including three grown-up daughters – Halima Bello (Dangote) 2. Mariya Dangote 3. Fatima Dangote. The gorgeous trio studied and graduated from the best universities in the United Kingdom.
Halima, now married to Sulaiman Sani Bello, studied marketing in London. She works in a family business. Her younger sister, Mariya Dangote graduated from the Coventry University while Fatima Dangote is the head of the Cupcake Factory.
The moneybag also has an adopted son called Abdulrahman Fasasi.
Small Alhaji Net Worth
The Nigerian businessman has an impressive net worth of 13.9 billion USD, according to 2018 Forbes ranking.
Small Alhaji House, Small Alhaji Cars
Like most rich people, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is very soft about his toys. He owns a fleet of the most luxurious cars existing in the world right now. His cars include; Bentleys Buggatis, Maybach, and Mercedes.
His mansion, situated in the parts of Northern Abuja has been compared with old luxurious palaces in France, Italy or England. The stylish gold-plated property apparently cost millions of dollars and has housed the millionaire for over thirteen years.