Nigerian businessman Hakeem Belo-Osagie has an estimated net worth of $600 million as of 2015, according to Forbes. He is the chairman of the Nigerian arm of UAE telecom service provider Etisalat.
Hakeem was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1955. His father was a professional gynecologist and mother, a nurse. The family moved to England when he was three years old. They lived there for around five years. He had his primary and secondary education in Nigeria and completed his high school in England. He studied at the King’s College in Lagos and Atlantic College in Wales. He earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MA from Oxford University.
In the 1980s he worked for the Government of Nigeria in various capacities. He was an assistant to the presidential advisor for petroleum and energy for some time. Later he worked for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He set up petroleum consultancy CTIC in 1986.
In the year 1998 he bought 51 percent of United Bank of Africa from the Government of Nigeria and sold it for $120 million in 2004. He has 12 percent stake in Etisalat Nigeria through his holding company Premium Telecommunications Holdings.
Hakeem Belo-Osagie is married to Myma Belo-Osagie and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is involved in various philanthropic activities. He is one of the largest donors to the African Leadership Academy, a residential secondary institution in Johannesburg.