Top 10 richest Actors in Nigeria 2021 and their net worth
Nollywood is the 2nd biggest film industry globally in terms of film output; Nigerian actors have been its integral part; read on about the richest actors in Nigeria 2021 to get more information on what made them the richest actors in Nigeria.
The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, is the 2nd most prominent film industry globally in film output. It is also the 3rd most significant film industry by revenue generation since 2013.
Some have also earned so much to become one of the top ten richest actors in Nigeria and Africa. These richest actors have enjoyed a huge wealth through their acting careers.
These Nollywood actors have acted alongside some Ghanaian actors and actresses who have emerged to become Ghana's top ten richest actors and actresses.
Some of them has built a great and beautiful family from their career. Let us look at the top ten richest actors in Nigeria in 2021 and an insight into the Net worth of these top 10 richest actors in Nigeria in 2021.
Top 10 richest actors in Nigeria 2021
1. Desmond Elliot - Net worth of $6 million
Desmond Elliot is the number one richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria. Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and politician. Having been in the movie industry for a long time, Desmond Elliot has earned so much to become one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
The famous actor was born on 4th February 1974. He is married and blessed with two kids.
The Nollywood star turned politician presently serves as a Lagos state lawmaker, representing Surulere constituency 1.
Desmond Elliot has been featured in over 200 Nollywood movies, which earned him a spot in Nigeria's top ten richest actors in 2021.
He has also won awards that have helped increase his net worth, including the best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Desmond Elliot Source of Wealth
Some people might be so inquisitive to know the source of income of Elliot that made him earn so much money to become the richest actor among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
The legendary actor owns a film production company called Denziot productions, part of his known wealth source. Elliot is also known as a director in the Nollywood industry.
Desmond Elliot is also a member of the Lagos state house of assembly, which he assumed since 2015. So many sources of income that have made him become the richest actor in Nigeria.
Desmond Elliot and Controversy
Traditionally being among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria will always be followed by so much controversy. Being a celebrity in Nigeria always comes with its travails.
During the EndSars protest, Desmond Elliot was accused of supporting a social media regulation in Nigeria following a speech he made.
Desmond Elliot was heavily criticised for the speech he made on a viral video. As one of the top ten richest actors in Nigeria, you would not want to lose your fans and followers, which is more important to you than anything.
After losing his fans and followers on Instagram over his speech, Desmond Eliot apologised to his fans and followers.
Desmond Elliot studied economics at Lagos State University and graduated in 2003.
2. Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) - Net Worth of $5.8 Million
The rich actor who hails from Delta state was born on 6th July 1961. As a citizen of Delta, he also held the post of commissioner of tourism in Delta state.
Richard Mofe Damijo has featured in many major mainstream Nollywood movies, the latest being Love is War.
He has also won many awards in the movie industry that has helped him become the second richest actor in Nigeria, including 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards and the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
RMD was also one of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016, a huge award that boosted his net worth to become one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
Richard Mofe Damijo is married with four children, two from his late wife and two from his present marriage to Jumobi Adegbesan.
Richard Mofe Damijo's Career
RMD studied Theatre Arts at the University of Benin before opting for a law degree at the University of Lagos in 2004
He has earned considerable wealth from the Nigerian Movie industry and politics, which has increased his net worth to become the second richest actor in Nigeria.
Richard Mofe Damijo was a Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to Delta state Governor in 2008. Richard Mofe Damijo also rose to Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, a post he held from 2009 to 2015.
Richard Mofe Damijo with his wife and four kids.
3. Jim Iyke - Net worth of $5 million
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, also known as Jim Iyke, is the 3rd richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria.
Jim Iyke is a veteran actor that appeared in over 150 movies in Nollywood. Jim Iyke, who hails from Anambra, was born on 25th September 1971 as the only boy in his family of eight children.
He studied at the University of Jos; he graduated with a Diploma in Banking and finance and Bsc in Philosophy.
Jim Iyke's source of Wealth
Jim Iyke has made so much money in Nollywood, which has increased his net worth to become one of the top richest actors in Nigeria. In 2021 the famous actor has a net worth of $5 million.
He is one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors in Nigeria. Jim Iyke has increased his net worth over time by appearing in high-budget movies.
Adding to his salaries from acting movies, Jim Iyke also has a movie production company, Untamed productions, which he opened in 2007; he also owns a record label Untamed records.
All these sources of income have helped him become the third richest actor in Nigeria in 2021.
Jim Iyke shares a son, Harvis Chidubem Iyke his baby mama, Dana Kinduryte
4. Segun Arinze - Net worth of $4.8 million
Segun Arinze, the formidable actor, is the 4th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in Nigeria's top richest actors. Segun Arinze, also known as 'Black arrow', is one of the oldest actors in Nollywood; he has been in the industry for so many years.
Segun Arinze with his wife, Julia Arinze and their children.
Segun Arinze was born in Anambra state to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother. He started his acting career in Ilorin and has since been part of many movies produced in Nigeria, a career that increased his net worth to become the 4th richest actor in Nigeria.
Segun Arinze is married to Julia Arinze with kids, though his first marriage was to Anne Njamenze.
University of Jos#5.0 5. John Okafor aka Mr Ibu - Net worth of $4.5 million
John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is a known comic character in Nollywood. Mr Ibu's success in the Nigerian movie industry has led him to the list of the top 10 richest actors in Nigeria in 2021.
Mr Ibu ranks as the 5th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria. The famous Nollywood comedian has over 200 films to his credit.
John Ikechukwu Okafor born on 17th Octeober 1961 hails from Enugu State Nigeria. He is one of the Nollywood actors that have earned so much through his talent.
Mr Ibu has a net worth of $4.5 million, a huge net worth that helped him earn a spot in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria. However, it has not been all rosy for the comic actor; he did menial jobs to support himself and even had to drop out of school because of financial reasons.
The famous actor is married and blessed with three kids. Since he made his debut in the movie industry, it has been a blessing for Mr Ibu; he has received a good number of awards that has increased his net worth to become one of the richest actors in Nigeria in 2021, including
- Best Comedian by the Governor of Enugu State.
- Best comedian by Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
- Best Movie Actor of the Year, Peace Ambassadors of Nigeria, 2014
- Award of Excellence, Magic Lens Africa Film Academy in 2016.
Mr Ibu's Source of Wealth
There is no doubt that Mr Ibu's acting career has helped him earn so much money, which increased his net worth to become one of the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
Adding to his payments from acting, the famous comedian also has many endorsements that have increased his net worth to become the 5th richest actor in Nigeria, such as merryBet and GoTv.
Due to Mr Ibu's vast net worth, he has bought many expensive cars for himself and his family, properties that complement his richness.
Mr Ibu owns a BMW-X6 worth at least 28 million Naira.
6. Pete Edochie - Net worth of $4.2 million
Famous and great Pete Edochie is the 6th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria. Peter Edochie, born on 7th March 1947, is a native of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.
Pete Edochie's acting debut was in the 1980s when he played the Okonknwo for the NTA's adaptation of Things Fall Apart, a movie that is always talked about by many Nigerian parents.
Peter Edochie is a veteran actor in Nigeria film Industry.
He has acted in many movies in Nigeria, which earned him so much fortune and increased his net worth among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
Of course, everybody will be waiting to see his name in the top ten richest actors in Nigeria due to his great achievement in the industry, acting as a father in different roles.
He has been a role model for many actors and actresses in the Nollywood movie industry. Many of his colleagues have praised him for the kind words and advice they received from him.
Apart from his huge salaries in acting, Peter Edochie also received many awards that helped increase his net worth to become the 6th richest actor in Nigeria, including the Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and the lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy.
For many that don't know, Pete Edochie is the father of popular Nigerian actors Yul and Linc Edochie.
7. Mike Ezuruonye - Net Worth of $4 million
Mike Ezuruonye is the 7th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 among Nigeria's top ten richest actors. Mike Ezuruonye is a Nigerian actor and movie producer who hails from Abia state.
The famous actor is one of the Nollywood actors who has dived very well in Nigerian romantic movies, acting alongside different actresses, including Ini Edo, Chika Ike, Mercy Johnson and many others.
Mike Ezuruonye, born on 21st September 1981, worked as a banker before venturing into Nollywood.
He is married to Nkechi Nnorom, a TV Producer, Broadcaster and Docu-Scriptwriter. The couple is blessed with a child, Reynold Nkembuchim Ezuruonye.
Mike Ezuruonye is the 7th richest actors in Nigeria in 2021
Mike Ezuruonye's Source of Wealth
Mike Ezuruonye has earned so much money through acting and movie production that helped increase his net worth to be among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
He has been featured in many Nollywood movies where he earned lots of money to increase his net worth and earned him a spot as the 7th richest actor in Nigeria.
Adding to his movie career, the famous actor is also an ambassador for DPkay Real Estate Homes and Awards Limited, endorsements that have fetched him money to increase his net worth and raised him among the richest actors in Nigeria.
He also signed endorsements with GLO and Airtel.
8. Ramsey Nouah - Net worth of $3.8 million
Ramsey Nouah is known as one of the lover boys in Nollywood. He became famous in the Nollywood movie industry due to his active role in romantic movies.
Ramsey Nouah is the 8th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria in 2021. The famous actor born on 19th December 1970 to an Israeli father and Yoruba Mother from Ondo State is also a film director in Nollywood.
Movie acting and directing has fetched him so much wealth to become one of the richest actors in Nigeria in 2021. Some of the movies he has directed include Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, Rattle Snake and Ahanna, a remake of the 1995 movie 'Rattlesnake'.
Ramsey Nouah's Source of Wealth
Ramsey Nouah has taken part in a good number of mainstream and high-grossing movies. His directorial debut Living in Bondage: Breaking free, has grossed over 168 million naira in revenue since its premiere.
Rattle Snake: The Ahanna has also grossed about 70 million naira as of the publication time.
Nouah is happily married with three kids
9. Nkem Owoh aka Osuofia - Net worth of $3.5 million
Nkem Owoh, who hails from Amagu village, Udi in Enugu state, was born on 7th February 1958. Nkem Owoh, a.k.a Osuofia, is the 9th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria.
His high net worth of $3.5 million has helped him be among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria in 2021.
He is mostly known for his comedy role in movies which gave him the nickname Osuofia. Nkem Owoh is one of the oldest actors in Nollywood; he was a part movie adaptation of 'Things Fall Apart' alongside Pete Edochie.
He has once used his nickname to act in the movie Osuofia in London that earned him so much money and increased his net worth to a high amount. The movie was watched around the whole of Nigeria and Africa.
Adding to his movie that has helped him become the 9th richest actor in Nigeria is his awards in the movie industry; he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Nigerian movie 'Stronger than Pain.'
Nkem Owoh's Source of Wealth
Nkem Owoh has gained a lot from the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood; it has also been a lucrative source of income for the actor, which has helped him be among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
He was part of the famous G8 group banned by the Actors' Guild of Nigeria over collecting high fees from producers due to their A-List celebrity status.
Nkem Owoh also had an endorsement deal with MTN; that earned him so much money annually, MTN renewed the agreement in 2015.
Nkem Owoh is married to Ngozi Nkem Owoh and they have two daughters.
10. Kenneth Okonkwo, aka Andy Net worth - $3 million
Kenneth Okonkwo, a.k.a Andy, is a veteran Nigerian actor from Nsukka, Enugu state. Kenneth Okonkwo is the 10th richest actor in Nigeria in 2021 in the list of top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
Kenneth Okonkwo became famous in the Nollywood movie industry following the 1992 movie 'Living in Bondage', which helped him gain many roles in different Nollywood movies earning him so much fortune.
He has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies, which has raised his net worth to become the 10th richest actor in Nigeria in the list of top richest actors in Nigeria.
Keneth Okonkwo is the 10th richest richest actors in Nigeria
Kenneth Okonkwo has an estimated net worth of $3 million, a huge net worth that has made him become one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
He also won the African Movie Academy Award on a Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood in 2013.
Apart from acting, Kenneth Okonkwo is also a lawyer and a politician, another area where he has earned money that has increased his net worth to be among the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
The famous actor married Ifeoma Okonkwo in 2007; after his first marriage to Ogechi Ezekiel failed, the couple had their first child in 2016.