Who is Aliko Dangote?
Aliko Dangote is a Nigerian philanthropist and billionaire businessman. He is the Chairman of the Dangote Group, West Africa’s largest conglomerate. With an estimated net worth of US$14 billion, Aliko Dangote has been voted Africa’s richest man. You Should Know About Aliko Dangote’s Biography
Aliko Dangote was born in a wealthy family in Northern Nigeria on April 10, 1957. Because his father, Mohammed Dangote, was a businessman, it was simple for Dangote to develop an interest in business at a young age. On the other hand, his mother, Mariya Sanusi Dantata, came from an affluent family. Alhassan Dantata, Mariya’s father, was the richest man in Nigeria in the 1950s.
How Aliko Dangote started his business
From his boyhood, the 65-year-old billionaire was determined to excel. He began exchanging sweets as a primary schoolboy, for example. Dangote borrowed $500,000 from his uncle to start his company since he lacked the funds. He began his company in 1977. Today, that capital has grown into billions of dollars and a thriving corporation.
Aliko Dangote’s love life
While Aliko Dangote has had a lot of success in business, his personal life has not been as successful. The CEO, for example, has married twice and divorced both ladies. Despite his efforts to keep his sexual connections hidden from the public eye, the millionaire businessman has been involved in a number of romance scandals and controversies. Let us delve more into Aliko Dangote’s marriage, wife, and children.
Aliko Dangote’s marriage and wedding
According to available reports, Aliko Dangote has been married and divorced twice. However, not much is known about Aliko Dangote’s two failed marriages. This is because Dangote is very private when it comes to his love life and family.
List of all Aliko Dangote’s Wives
Here’s the list of all Aliko Dangote’s wives and their details:
- Hajia Zainab
- Mariya A D Muhammad Rufai
- Aliko Dangote’s first wife – Hajia Zainab
According to reports, Aliko Dangote was married to his first wife Hajia Zainab in 1977. It is not confirmed if Zainab was betrothed to Dangote, however, they were young when they got married. Dangote was only 20 years old then, reports say.
Hajia Zainab gave birth to Dangote’s two lovely daughters. Sadly, the marriage only lasted for a few years. Information about Zainab’s details is currently scarce in the media because she is a very private person. Meanwhile, it seems that Zainab stood by Aliko Dangote in the early days of his business and might have played a major role in his success as well.
About Dangote’s second wife – Mariya Muhammad Rufai
A few years after Aliko Dangote divorced his first wife, he married his second wife, businesswoman Mariya Muhammad Rufai. Mariya’s father is Bauchi State’s former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Human Services. Unfortunately, the couple parted ways after being together for some years. Their marriage was not made public, hence there aren’t many details about their union.
Aliko Dangote’s relationship with Nafisat Yar’Adua
According to rumours, Aliko Dangote had a love involvement with Nafisat Yar’Adua, one of President Yar’Adua’s daughters. There were rumors that Dangote proposed to Nafisat, but the ex-daughter president’s declined his proposal. According to sources, because she was a close friend of Dangote’s daughter Halima, Nafisat Yar’Adua turned down Dangote’s marriage proposal. She may not have wanted to jeopardize their friendship by marrying the Forbes billionaire.
In 2009, Nafisat Yar’Adua married Malam Yuguda Isah, an ex-governor of Bauchi state. Yuguda married Nafisat Yar’Adua, who was previously married to three other women. Top Nigerian politicians attended their wedding ceremony.
Aliko Dangote and Sylvia Nduka’s romance
In 2012, there were rumours that ex-beauty queen Sylvia Nduka was dating Aliko Dangote. There were also rumours that Dangote was bankrolling Sylvia and was behind the beauty queen’s luxurious lifestyle.
The 29-year-old model even went ahead to add “A.D” (taken to mean Aliko Dangote) to her name on Instagram. However, when the news of their breakup went viral in 2015, a source close to Aliko Dangote refuted the claims that they even dated. The source described the news as “total falsehood”.
Aliko Dangote’s ex-girlfriend – Bea Lewis
On January 1, 2021, a woman named Bea Lewis revealed on her Twitter profile that she dated Aliko Dangote. Dangote, according to Lewis, improved her “work ethic and patience perspective” while simultaneously breaking her heart “in 1000 pieces.” Bea Lewis is an African-American businesswoman and model, according to sources.
Aliko Dangote and Autumn Spikes
However, another lady named Autumn Spikes came out to refute Lewis’s claim. Spikes claimed that she was in a relationship with Dangote and that the billionaire never dated Bea Lewis. She went ahead to post intimate pictures of herself with Aliko Dangote. One of the pictures Autumn posted soon went viral and generated a lot of funny reactions because it revealed the billionaire’s buttocks. Dangote didn’t take this lightly. He sued Autumn Spikes for “defamation and a breach of agreement”.
As of May 2022, Aliko Dangote has a total number of 4 children (three girls and one boy).
Full list of Aliko Dangote’s children
Here’s the full list of Aliko Dangote’s children
- Mariya Dangote
- Halima Dangote
- Fatima Dangote
- Abdulrahman Fasasi
1. Mariya Dangote
Mariya Dangote is the first child and daughter of Aliko Dangote, a millionaire industrialist. She graduated from one of the greatest institutions in the world with a Bachelor’s degree. She also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Coventry in the United Kingdom. In comparison to her siblings, Mariya Dangote keeps a modest profile. There are no records on Mariya’s marriage or other personal data, unlike her sisters.
2. Halima Dangote
Aliko Dangote’s second child and second daughter is Halima Dangote. Zainab, Dangote’s first wife, is her mother. Halima Dangote earned her bachelor’s degree from London’s American Intercontinental University. She earned a marketing degree there. She then went on to Webster Graduate School for her Master’s degree.
His children, like Dangote, have a keen business sense, and Halima is no exception. Her father’s company, Dangote Group, currently employs the marketing graduate as an executive director. She married her spouse Sulaiman Sani Bello in a lavish ceremony in 2008. The couple has two gorgeous daughters as of May 2022.
3. Fatima Dangote
Aliko Dangote’s last daughter is Fatima Dangote. Fatima graduated from a London school, according to information obtained by DNB Stories Africa. Fatima, despite being a lawyer, seemed to like baking. She currently runs a large factory in Lagos that produces cupcakes. In 2018, Fatima Dangote married her true love, Jamil Mohammed Abubakar. Jamil is a pilot, and his father, Abubakar Dikko Mohammed, was a police inspector in the past.
4. Abdulrahman Fasasi
Abdulrahman Fasasi is the only known son of Aliko Dangote. However, Fasasi is not a biological child of Dangote. Even though he was adopted, Abdulrahman is still acknowledged as Dangote’s son.
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