Networth: Forbes – $450 million
Source: Telecom, Banking, Investments
Hakeem Bello started his career as the Special Assistant to the Presidential Adviser on petroleum and energy and later Special Assistant to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy. He later worked in the Petrochemicals Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He resigned his appointment in 1986 to set up CTIC, which became a leading energy consulting firm.
Hakeem Belo-Osagie, is a Harvard-trained petroleum economist and chairman of Etisalat Nigeria, the Nigerian operations of United Arab Emirates-based telecom provider Etisalat. he controls a 12.5% stake in Etisalat Nigeria through his holding companies, Premium Telecommunications Holdings and MyaCynth. Hakeem bello has also previously served as Chairman of United Bank for africa (UBA) one of the country’s largest banks by assets. Osagie got a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Policy and Economic from Atlantic College, Wales before moving on to Cambridge University , where he took a bachelor’s degree in law in 1978. He also holds an MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Hakeem’s business interests span the financial, legal and medical sectors. He is a philanthropist and one of the largest donors to the African Leadership Academy, a residential secondary institution in Johannesburg, South Africa, which trains Africa’s brightest students for a future of leadership. He serves on the board of Timbuktu Media a new publishing house in Nigeria.