Top 10 Most Richest Kings In Africa In 2024

Being a traditional African monarch is rewarding. Most of these monarchs are formally recognized by state institutions; as a result, many get generous stipends and allowances from the government. The richest kings in Africa also make income off the goodwill and generosity of their people.

The richest kings in Africa are rulers that inherited kingdoms thriving before colonialism. Unfortunately, most of these kingdoms suffered violence, reduced influence, and plundered wealth. But since independence, the content has grown in prosperity and wealth, as seen in these monarchs’ lavish lifestyles.

In modern Africa, kings are mandated with the role of safeguarding the economic growth of their people. It is common for rich members of a community to offer their traditional Kings large quantities of money, automobiles, and property in exchange for spiritual blessings or other favors. So in this article I will be sharing with you the top 10 most richest kings in Africa in 2024 and their net worth.

10. Ogiame Atuwatse III, Olu of Warri

Ogiame Atuwatse III is one of the most powerful kings in Africa currently. He is the monarch of the Ìtsẹ̀kírì people in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. King Ogiame was crowned Olu on 21st August 2021. He receives patronage from wealthy citizens and politicians in the country. The king’s net worth is approximately $20 million.

9. Togbe Afede XIV of Asogli

King Togbe is one of the wealthiest kings in Africa, with a net worth of $30 million. He was formally crowned King of Asogoli State Ghana in October 2003. Before leadership, he ran several successful businesses in Ghana after graduating from the University of Ghana. Today, he is the executive chairman of the World Trade Centre Accra. Furthermore, he holds a majority ownership interest in various noteworthy businesses.

8. Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos

King Oba of Lagos, Nigeria, is one of Africa’s richest kings. He was crowned the 21st Oba of Lagos in May 2003. Oba hails from the ancient ruling family of Lagos. Before ascending to his forefathers’ throne, he served in the Nigerian Police Force for 32 years. While in the police department, he rose through the ranks, becoming an Assistant Inspector General of Police. He was in charge of all investigations in the country. King Oba’s net worth is approximately $40 million.

7. Obi Nnaemeka Achebe of Onitsha, Nigeria

Many consider Obi the richest king in Africa ever, with an estimated net worth of $50 million as of 2023. He is the 21st Obi of Onitsha, Nigeria, having succeeded his father, Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe. He was crowned king in 2002. He makes money through music, oil, and gas in Nigeria and beyond. Over the years, he has held several high positions in Shell Petroleum Development Company in his home country and many other European countries. Additionally, he is the Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and the chairman of the Unilever Nigeria board of directors.

6. Oba Ewuare II Ogidigan

Oba Ewuare is the king of the Great Benin Kingdom. His common name is ‘Oba of the Great Benin Kingdom’. He rose to the position of Oba of Benin after his father’s death, Oba Erediauwa. He became the 40th Oba of the kingdom. Between 1897 and 1902, British rulers looted most of Benin’s wealth. But after the British returned stolen artefacts, the king’s prestige and wealth increased. He’s one of the traditional rulers in Africa that spent a lot of time in London, holding several diplomatic positions. Oba’s net worth is estimated at $65 million.

5. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan

Oba Adeyeye is one of the richest kings in Africa. He is also known as the Ooni of Ife. King Oba is the 51st leader of the Yoruba kingdom after descending to power in 2015 following the death of Oba Sijuwade. The king enjoys a luxurious lifestyle thanks to his massive wealth of $70 million. He frequently makes public appearances with some of the most expensive cars, such as his white Rolls Royce Phantom. Additionally, he loves travelling to exotic destinations, such as Europe, with his royal entourage.

4. King Mswati III of Swaziland

King Mswati is one of the wealthiest monarchs in Africa. He assumed the throne of Eswatini on 25th April 1986, at 18. He reigns as an absolute monarch, thus owning the country’s land and all its wealth. Even though the average person in Eswatini makes less than $2 a day, the king affords a luxurious life since he owns the entire country. Additionally, he is the chief of an investment firm known as the Tibiyo TakaNgwane. The firm’s net worth is around $140 million, while the king’s worth is estimated at $100 million.

3. Sultan Sa’adu Abubakar III of Sokoto

King Sultan owns the largest palace in Africa. Even though he is the 20th Sultan of Sokoto, he is largely recognized for his exceptional influence in politics. Sultan is the Nigerian Muslim’s spiritual leader, representing 50% of the country’s population. He enjoys profound support from politicians in the northern part of the country. He is a decorated military officer. Sultan served as the commander of the Armoured Corps, guarding General Babangida during his reign. His net worth is estimated at $110 million, but he hasn’t offered information about his income sources.

2. Oba Fredrick Akinruntan of Ugbo Land

King Oba is the richest king in Nigeria. He is the king of Ugbo in the Ilaje Kingdom of Ondo State in Southwestern Nigeria. His net worth is approximately $300 million. He is the founder and chairman of a Nigerian oil marketing company known as Obat Oil. King Oba has an extensive portfolio of prime commercial and residential real estate in his home country and others in London. Over the years, he has participated in many large-scale real estate development projects across Lagos. He also owns several estates in the Lekki area. He uses all these to supplement his income.

1. King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Mohammed VI is the richest monarch in Africa. He was elected in July 1999 after the death of his father. He is also part of the Moroccan Royal Family, popularly referred to as the Alaouite Dynasty, dating back hundreds of years. He heads a holding company known as the Société Nationale d’Investissement (SNI). It controls and owns various ventures in: Agriculture Real estate Banking Power generation. Some of the other companies that significantly contributed to his success and wealth include: Mining (Managem), Real estate and tourism (SOMED and Onapar), Insurance (Wafa Assurance), and Hypermarket chain (Marjane). He has an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.

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