Benin is a country in West Africa with a lot of wealthy men. The latter are mostly businessmen who have invested in sectors such as agri-food, oil, or trade. Discover the top richest men in the land of Squirrels.
Thomas Boni Yayi
We start our list of the richest people in Benin with ex-President Boni Yayi. Beninese banker and politician, he was President of the Beninese Republic from 2006 to 2016.
He was also president of the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and will serve two terms there. He will submit his candidacy for the presidential elections in 2006 and will be elected by the people.
The European investment fund PAI Partners CEO is a businessman, economist, and investment banker by profession.
He is the Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, a financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to Africa.
Nicéphore Soglo occupies third place in our ranking. He is a Beninese politician.
He was a great businessman before becoming a statesman. The current president of the Republic made a fortune in the agricultural inputs sector in the 1980s, then cotton ginning in Benin during the 1990s and 2000s.
In 1985, he created the Inter-Continental Distribution Company ( SDI), which provides agricultural inputs to cotton producers at the national and sub-regional levels. He will then build many other companies. Its heritage is estimated at 401 million dollars.
He is also a politician in Benin. He is the leader of the Democratic Renewal Party, one of Benin’s main political parties. From 1991 to 1995, he was president of the National Assembly of Benin.
He leaves this post to occupy that of Prime Minister from 1996 to 1998, before being reappointed to President of the National Assembly in 1999.
Pascal Irénée Koupaki is a Beninese politician. He became interested in politics and was director of the prime minister’s office. A few years later (in 2011), he was Prime Minister of Benin.
He was an engineer and businessman who made a fortune in the oil industry by founding the Petrolin group and chaired the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Beyond the oil industry, Samuel Dossou-Aworet invests in other sectors of the economy. He is involved in aviation, owning several private jets and controlling the Togolese business travel company Comfort Jet Services, which owns a fleet of more than 100 planes.
He is also present in the banking sector, a shareholder of Bank of Africa, Orabank Gabon, and BGFIBank Bénin.
He is a businessman who made his fortune in the agri-food sector with Cajaf-Comon; he became the largest importer of frozen poultry in Benin.
He was also present in the media sector, owning the 24-hour news channel Sikka TV and the Soleil FM radio station.
This young digital prodigy, despite his age, proves by his experience that you can succeed when you believe in your dreams. He first got into robotics with a friend, then decided to open a digital communication agency before finally turning to e-commerce.