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Femi Otedola Net Worth, Biography and Family History

Franklin Izuchukwu
By Franklin Izuchukwu
Nigerian Business Tycoon and entrepreneur Femi Otedola.

Here is detailed information on Femi Otedola's Net worth and biography. Femi Otedola is a Nigerian business mogul. Femi Otedola's net worth is currently estimated at $1.8 billion according to Forbes records.

Ascertaining the actual net-worth of Femi Otedola is difficult because he has investments in different businesses.  However, Forbes estimated Femi’s net worth at $1.8b in 2016.

About Femi Otedola

Femi Otedola is a Nigerian businessman, a philanthropist, a former chief executive officer of Forte Oil Plc and an importer of fuel products. Femi Otedola is the father of the popular Nigerian DJ, DJ Cuppy.

Femi Otedola's net worth is currently valued at $1.8 billion according to Forbes records.

Femi Otedola was born on the 4th of November, 1962 to Michael Otedola and lady Doja in Ibadan. Femi's father, Sir Michael Otedola, was a one-time Lagos State Governor who served from 1992 to 1993.

Otedola is the founder of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, and the owner of several other businesses across shipping, real estate and finance. He has recently invested in power generation as part of the liberalisation of the sector in Nigeria.

Femi Otedola is also known as a fitness buff, spending at least one hour in the gym every day.

Femi Otedola with his three daughters, Tolani, Florence(DJ Cuppy) and Temi Otedola as kids.

Femi Otedola Family

Femi Otedola has four children from two women:

  1. Tolani Otedola
  2. Florence Ifeoluwa
  3. Elizabeth Temi, and
  4. Fewa

Femi Otedola's first daughter, Tolani Otedola is the only child of the Femi's first ex-lover, Olayinka Odukoya.

It was alleged that after the birth of Tolani Otedola, Femi's mother had refused her son marrying Tolani's mother, Olayinka. Femi Otedola later left Olayinka and got married to Nana Otedola.

Fewa, the son of Femi Otedola was diagnosed with an autism disorder at birth.

Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, is a DJ and music producer, as well as a tourism ambassador for Nigeria. She was also the official disc jockey during the May 2015 inauguration of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

DJ Cuppy's younger sister, Temi Elizabeth, is a style blogger and aspiring designer. Otedola has homes in Lagos, Abuja, Dubai, London and New York City. Recently, there are reports that she made her acting debut in Kunle Afolayan's upcoming movie, "Citation".

Tolani Otedola is a singer and songwriter. Unlike the other two sisters, she likes keeping a low profile.

Nigerian Business tycoon, Femi Otedola chilling with his wife, Nana Otedola.

Femi Otedola's 3 Ferrari Portofino Gifts to his Daughters

Femi Otedola gifted 3 brand new Ferrari Portofino cars to his three daughters all in the same day. The Otedolas set the Nigerian internet ablaze on that very day, with many Nigerians short of words on Twitter.

Clacified reported that each of those three exotic cars is worth 84,323,750.00 Naira ($218,750),

Brand new Ferrari Portofino cars bought by Femi Otedola for his three Daughters.

Femi Otedola's companies

Femi Otedola is an industrious Nigerian, and he has a good number of companies he owns in Nigeria. Below is a list of Otedola's companies:

  1. Zenon Petroleum and Gas
  2. Forte Oil
  3. CentreForce Limited
  4. Geregu Power Plc

Zenon Petroleum and Gas

Femi Otedola setup Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, a petroleum products marketing and distribution company in 2003.

In 2004, he invested N15 billion in downstream infrastructure development, thus by 2005, Zenon controlled a major share of the Nigerian diesel market.

Zenon supplied fuel to most of the major manufacturers in the country including Dangote Group, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Nigerian Breweries, MTN, Unilever, Nestle and Guinness.

The year 2005 was a crucial year for Otedola's company Zenon. He acquired a 28.7 per cent stake in African Petroleum, one of Nigeria's largest fuel marketers through his company Zenon.

In December 2007 he personally acquired a further 29.3 per cent of African Petroleum for N40 billion, this acquisition gave him a controlling stake of the company (58 per cent)

Zenon also invested across the financial sector, becoming the largest shareholder in a number of Nigerian banks including Zenith Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA). As well as diesel, Zenon also became an important player in the kerosene market.

The Hiccup: During one of his interviews, Otedola said

I had about 93 per cent of the diesel market on my fingertips. All of a sudden, oil prices collapsed, and I had over one million tons of diesel on the high seas, and the price dropped from $146 to $34.

Forte Oil

In December 2010, African Petroleum rebranded, changing its name to Forte Oil PLC. Otedola carried out a restructuring of the business, focusing on technology and improved corporate governance. Forte Oil returned to profit in 2012.

In 2013, as part of the Federal Government's push to liberalise Nigeria's ailing power sector, Otedola financed 57% of Forte Oil subsidiary Amperion Ltd, which acquired the 414 MW Geregu Power Plant for $132 million.

Femi Otedola of Nigeria was the controlling shareholder of publicly traded Forte Oil, an oil marketing and power generation company.

Originally a Nigerian subsidiary of British Petroleum (BP), Forte Oil has more than 500 gas stations across the country. It owns oil storage depots and manufactures its own line of engine oils.

In 2013, Otedola led the company to purchase a government-owned stake in a gas-fired power plant in Kogi state (North-Central Nigeria).

In September 2015, Swiss commodities giant Mercuria said it would acquire a 17% stake in Forte Oil for $200 million; as of late February 2016, the transaction is not yet complete.

In June 2019 Femi Otedola completed his divestment from Forte Oil Plc after receiving full payment for the sale of the company to Prudent Energy Services Ltd.

Mr Otedola shared this on his Instagram Profile, confirming a deal that has been in work for months.

In March 2009, Otedola became the second Nigerian after Aliko Dangote to appear on the Forbes' list of dollar-denominated billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

He made the Forbes' list after he was appointed chairman and chief executive of Africa Petroleum through the acquisition of a controlling stake in the business.

From Forte Oil to Geregu

The purchase of Geregu was made in 2013 during the power sector privatization, under Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited which is a subsidiary of Forte Oil Plc.

After the acquisition, $94 million was initially invested in the power plant. In 2018, another $350 million was pumped into the plant.

Note

Femi Otedola is a shareholder in various companies within and outside Nigeria.

Femi Otedola with his daughters, Tolani, Temi and Dj Cuppy on a vacation

Femi Otedola and Scandals

In 2012, Zenon was among several companies named in a report into an alleged fuel subsidy scam. According to the report, Zenon owed the government $1.4 million.

It was further reported that Farouk Lawan, the Nigerian legislator who compiled the report, had apparently been filmed collecting $500,000 of a supposed total sum of $3 million from Femi Otedola to remove Zenon from the list.

It subsequently emerged that Otedola had previously reported Lawan's harassment and demands for bribes to the State Security Services, who had orchestrated a sting operation.

Lawan was charged with corruption in February 2013.

Otedola was named in another controversy In December 2016, where two Toronto-based sisters—Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo reportedly tried to extort him by cyberbullying and blackmail, claiming they had evidence of Otedola cheating on his wife that they would post on a notorious sex-scandal website.

Otedola disputed the event as false.

Femi Otedola as a Philanthropist

One among the numerous philanthropic gestures of Femi Otedola is his donation towards the completion of the Numerical Ecumenical Centre in 2005.

He also donates to Michael Otedola’s University scheme and the scheme has helped more than 1,000 students. It was reported that Zenon donated N200m of the University’s Scheme fund in 2005.

In a bid to ensure a crime-free Lagos, Femi gave an N200 million donation to the State Security Trust Fund in 2007. He extended his donation to Otedola College of Primary Education by giving the school N100million in 2007.

Femi Otedola with his wife, Nana Otedola and two daughters (DJ Cuppy and Temi Otedola).

The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Port-Harcourt was also a beneficiary of Femi Otedola’s philanthropy when he donated N80million to the faculty.

Recently in 2018, Femi Otedola, who was the chief launcher at Augustine University Fundraising and Founders day, pledged to build a fully furnished faculty of Engineering worth N500million for the University.

He also donated NGN 5 billion (approximately $14 million) to the Save the Children Fund through his daughter, DJ Cuppy’s Foundation, to support various intervention programmes for destitute children in Nigeria’s northeast region.

Femi Otedola fulfilled his pledge of 25,000 dollars to the Super Eagles in the match against Algeria in the 2019 AFCON

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