Top 10 Richest Men in Kaduna State (2024)

Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 08:19 pm

Kaduna state is one of the popular northern states in Nigeria. The state is known for various economic activities, from farming, mineral extraction to industrial activities. Kaduna State has a petroleum refinery which also boosts the economy of the area.

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It’s also important to note that there are good numbers of wealthy individuals that originate from Kaduna state. This our article will be highlighting them out, and show how they are valued in terms of wealth.

List of Top 10 Richest Men in Kaduna State (2024)

In no particular order, here are the top ten richest men in Kaduna state this 2024:

Ishaya Shekari

Ishaya Aboi Shekari is one of the richest men in Kaduna state. He occupied the Kano governor’s office from March 1978 to March 1979, when he handed over to the transition government.

Shekari is a well-known business tycoon. He ventured into business after his retirement from the military. He was appointed a director of Diamond Bank Nigeria in 1990. The former military governor became Chairman of Lion Bank of Nigeria, and also included as a board member of Grand Cereals and Oil Mills companies. Shekari serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of Magami Holdings Ltd, and Meristem Securities Limited has him as a chairman.

Currently, there is limited information on Ishaya Shekari net worth, but the business tycoon is believed to be worth millions.

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai is the richest man in Kaduna state and the most influential politician in Kaduna state. He was born on the 16th of April, 1960 in his hometown in the state. El-Rufai is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria , where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying with first class honours.

El-Rufai is the current chief executive of Kaduna State, and has been in office since 2015. Being a notable politician, he previously held the position of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007; and the director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. The prolific politician founded El-Rufai & Partners, in 1982. This is a quantity surveying consulting firm which has three partners.

According to some online reports, Nasir El- Rufai is a rich politician and one of the richest Nigerian governors who is estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. This makes him one of the most wealthy individuals in Kaduna state.

Danjuma Laah

Danjuma Laah is a politician and a businessman from Kaduna state. With the full name Danjuma Laah Tella, he was born on March 16, 1960. He is a notable politician and the senator at the Nigerian 9th National Assembly. He represents Kaduna South Senatorial district of Kaduna state.

Danjuma Laah is viewed as one of the richest men in Kaduna State, but the information on his current net worth is limited. Aside from being wealthy, Laah has some awards to his name. He is a recipient of the DINMA 2009 Award for Accounting. He got the award when working at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Pension Board, Abuja, and serving there as the Deputy Director of Finance and Accounts Division.

Andrew Yakubu

Andrew Laah Yakubu is one of the notable rich people in Kaduna State. He once headed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, where he was the Group Managing Director. He was given the appointment as the NNPC head by the then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2012.

In 1975, Yakubu entered the Ahmadu Bello University, and he studied chemical engineering there. He subsequently graduated from the university with a BA in 1979.

Andrew Yakubu has served various roles in refineries before he became the executive director of operations at NETCO in March 2005. The engineer is seen as one of the affluent individuals in Kaduna State.

Ahmed Makarfi

Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is another notable politician in the list. Born on the 8th of April, 1956, he was a prominent politician, political leader and a former senator. The Kaduna State former governor was in office from 29 March 1999 to 29 March 2007.

Subsequently, Makarfi was elected Senator for Kaduna North in March 2007. The politician is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Sen. Makarfi obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He subsequently received a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance.

Looking at Makarfi’s career, he kick started his working career at the Nigeria Universal Bank. There he worked and reached the rank of Assistant General Manager in the bank. The former Kaduna State chief executive is viewed as one of the richest men in the state.

Audu Maikori

Audu Maikori is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, and creative industry professional. He is also a social activist, and a public speaker. Maikori is well-known for being the co-founder and President of Chocolate City Entertainment.

He is often regarded and has won multiple awards during his career. His top awards include the International Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007. The Kaduna native has a significant wealth to be viewed as one of the richest men in Kaduna State.

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero is a politician and a certified accountant. He was born on the 1st of April, 1968 in his hometown in the state. He served as the Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance from 2007 till he was appointed in March 2010 as the Deputy Governor.

Yero is a certified accountant and has worked for several firms as a director and a top official. He is one of the richest men in Kaduna state.

Martin Luther Agwai

Martin Luther Agwai is a retired Nigerian military officer. The former general served as Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria. Looking at his early life and education, Agwai was born on the 8th of April, 1948 to the family of Agwai Gidan Mana in Kaduna.

In 1972, Agwai was commissioned into the Nigerian Armed Forces and has held a lot of top positions there. He was a Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Director of Military Training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

The former military officer is well-endowed and seen as one of the most affluent individuals in Kaduna state.

Joel Amadi

Joel Amadi, popularly known by his stage name Joe El was born on the 23 of March. He is a Nigerian afrobeat’s singer, songwriter and performer. The talented singer began his musical career in 2006.

He gained entry to the industry when he participated in the Star Quest singing competition which happened to be his first TV appearance. The musician also makes this rundown of the top ten richest men in Kaduna state.

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi is an influential personality in Kaduna state. Being an Islamic cleric, scholar and former military officer, he also earned a place as one of Kaduna’s richest persons.

Gumi is the current Mufti and mufassir at the Kaduna central mosque Sultan Bello. Looking at his career, he served as a military officer in the Nigerian Defense Academy, and retired at the rank of captain.


That’s it on the richest men in Kaduna state. From the rundown list below, you can see the most affluent individuals that originates from Kaduna state. Though we believe there are many more that may continue the list, but that’s our take on this article.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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