Top richest men in the Republic of Benin

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

Thomas Boni Yayi
Thomas Boni Yayi – ©Teller Report

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.

Being a highly educated man, he began his career in 1975 at the Commercial Bank of Benin before continuing at the headquarters of the Central Bank of States. from West Africa.

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.

Lionel Zinsou

Lionel Zinsou
Lionel Zinsou – ©Venutures Africa

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.

He is also the president of the French association of social-liberal obedience, Terra Nova. He was Prime Minister of Benin from June 2015 to April 2016.

Nicéphore Soglo

Nicéphore Soglo
Nicéphore Soglo – ©Kanyi Daily news

Nicéphore Soglo occupies third place in our ranking. He is a Beninese politician.

He held the post of Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991 and president of the Republic from 1991 to 1996. After leaving the post of president, he became mayor of Cotonou from 2003 to 2015.

Patrice Talon

Patrice Talon
Patrice Talon – ©Africanews

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.

Andrien Houngbédji

Andrien Houngbédji
Andrien Houngbédji – ©Twitter

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 Koupaki

Pascal Koupaki
Pascal Koupaki – ©Alchetron

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 held this position for two years, from May 2011 to August 2013. He was also a civil servant at the Central Bank of West African States and the International Monetary Fund.

Samuel Dossou-Aworet

Samuel Dossou-Aworet
Samuel Dossou-Aworet – ©Jeune Afrique

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.

Sébastien Ajavon

Sébastien Ajavon
Sébastien Ajavon – ©The Africa Magazine

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.

Junior Natabou

Junior Natabou
Junior Natabou – ©Startup info

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.

Persevering, he tested different products for almost a year and then ended up being successful. From there, in less than a year, it exceeds one million euros in turnover.

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