Founder, President and Chief Executive, DangoteGroup, the largest conglomerate in West Africa. The Group, which has subsidiaries that cut across cement production, sugar refining, salt refining, flour, rice farming, etc., is a highly recognized brand in Nigeria and is present in 18 other African countries. It has also diversified into other sectors and is building the largest refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Africa. Dangote Cement is a publicly listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list. March 2014, fuelled by the passion to lift the most vulnerable people out of poverty through economic empowerment, endowed the Aliko Dangote Foundation with $1.25 billion to improve the nutrition, health and education of Nigerians and all Africans.