He is a genius. No doubt. Book publishing in Nigeria could be anything but money spinning. But Julius defied the odds. His book, Jokes Apart fetched him N20 million. A humor investor, Julius is the CEO of Real Laff entertainment, organizers of Crack Your Ribs and Laugh for Christ’s Sake. These events bring him N140 million annually. With a performance fee between N2 to N3 million, his net worth is N1.5 billion, including properties scattered across the country. He’s indeed a money making genius.
3. I GO DYE
He’s a UN ambassador. But he hardly banks on that! Beyond thrilling his admirers, I Go Dye is a consummate businessman. He owns Revamp Construction. Revamp deals in real estate, property and road construction. His annual take home is between N350 and N500 million. With a net worth of over N2 billion, I Go Dye is not done. Not yet. Franstel Bottle water is in the works.
He’s basket mouth, but so is his business appetite. More than any other Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth remains the toast of reputable brands in Nigeria. He pockets over N120 million annually from his endorsement deals. He gets N100 million from his Basketmouth Uncensored show. With an income of over N360 million, his net worth stands at N2 billion.
1. ALI BABA
All hail the King! A jester extraordinaire, but a serious businessman too. His Lekki home alone is valued at over N300 million. Dubbed the father of modern Nigerian comedy, he’s the delight of politicians and the big boys in Nigeria. His appearance fee stands between N4 to N5 million per event. And he’s sure of two events per week: Bringing him to N400 million per annum. With a net worth of over N3 billion, little wonder he remains the kingmaker of Nigeria’s comedy industry.