Recession: Femi Otedola no longer a billionaire, loses $1.3b in value

Nigerian businessman Femi Otedola has fallen off the billionaire cadre of entrepreneurs.

According to Forbes, Otedola who is the Chairman of Forte Oil, suffered the plunge as he lost $1.3bn following a fall in the stock price of the company.

Forbes said, “As at the close of trading on Friday, Forte Oil’s share price plunged to a one-year low of N145 ($0.44) per share, down from an all-time high of N342 ($1.1) in March this year when FORBES published its annual ranking of the world’s richest people.

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“Apart from the tumble in Forte Oil’s stock price, Otedola’s fortune has also been adversely affected by a central bank devaluation of the Naira in June. In dollar terms, the devaluation in addition to Forte’s floundering share price has knocked about $1.3 billion off the value of Otedola’s fortune which was pegged at $1.8 billion in March.

Otedola is now worth only $550 million according to the FORBES’ billionaires’ database.

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