By Godson Ikiebey-
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has said he withdrew $10 million just to look at it and convince himself that he is rich.
the founder of Dangote group said this while speaking at the Mo Ibrahim governance weekend, ongoing in Abidjan.
According to him, he knew he was rich on paper, but had to convince himself that he was indeed rich.
And he said to do this, he drove to a bank, withdrew $10 million, took it home, put it on his bed, looked at it, and returned it back to the bank the following day.
He told Mo Ibrahim that:
“The way it is that when you first start business, your target is to make your first million. Fine, I did that.
“After a year or so, I realised that I had much more, and I said ok, fine, all these numbers are just written numbers.
“One day I went to a bank, and at that time, there were no restrictions, and I wrote a cheque and cashed $10m from the bank and put it in the boot of my vehicle, and I went home and I opened it and I looked at $10m and I said ‘now I believe I have money”.
He went on to say, he took it back to the bank the next day — after his mission was concluded.
Dangote has been the richest man in Africa for nearly a decade, following the expansion of his cement business, and the focus on local manufacturing.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Dangote is the worth $16.4 billion, making him the 74th richest person in the world.