Herbert Wigwe was born in Ibadan, Oyo state in 1966, and found his calling in finance at the age of 16. Mr Herbert answered his lifelong call of entrepreneurship when he and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede set out to acquire a small commercial Bank, Access Bank.
His Early Life
Herbert Wigwe started his early life in Ibadan, Oyo State. He was born to Pastor Shingle Wigwe, who retired as a Director General at the Nigerian Television Authority and a mother Mrs. Wigwe who was a nurse.
He has always had a head for numbers, a fact he attributed to playing mental mathematics with friends while growing up.
Herbert Wigwe interest in finance which developed at age 16, was fuelled by the story of Michael Milken, high-yield bonds (junk bonds), among others.
His Private Life
Mr Herbert is married to Chizoba Wigwe. Mr Herbert and his lovely wife, whom he met when she moved back to Nigeria have since lived together happily.
They got married 5 months after meeting, their union is blessed with four children: Chizi, Tochi, Hannah, and David.
His Higher Education & Early Career
Wigwe Herbert attended federal government college (FGC) sokoto before moving to Warri. He graduated from FGC Warri in 1982 were he was fondly remembered not only as a brilliant student but as an avid cricket player.
1983 was the year he was successfully enrolled at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where he studied Accountancy and graduating with a Second Class Upper honors degree in 1987 and completed his compulsory NYSC program in 1988.
Just after his service, he landed a job with coopers and Lybrand associates limited in Lagos as a graduate assistant and was promoted within a year.
However, in 1989, Herbert passed his Institute of chartered accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) professional examination and moved on to work as a credit analyst at Capital Merchant Bank.
Mr. Herbert won the British Council Scholarship in 1990 to study at North Wales University (now Bangor University) were he earned his M.A in Banking and Finance in 1991. After which, he returned to Lagos to join a fast growing new generation bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, and gradually rise through the ranks to become an Executive Director at the age of 32.
Mr wigwe would go on to earn an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. And he also become an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.
His First Entrepreneurial Venture
While Herbert was growing up, he started what would become a successful career in banking and finance, his first entrepreneurial venture, would be his most successful.
And while in 2002, he and his close friend Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede were presented with the prospect of acquiring a small-scale commercial bank, Access Bank. Mr Herbert had spent over a decade in GTBank and was in-line to becoming the Executive Director in charge of institutional banking. But Herbert and his partner seized the opportunity that was presented to them. And in 2016, The Banker Database ranked Access Bank in the top 1,000 banks in the world.
Mr Herbert Wigwe Net Worth
Mr Herbert Wigwe is the CEO of Africa’s leading commercial bank and a member of several boards, Herbert has a high net worth. Although his net worth has not been stated officially, but Mr Herbert Wigwe worth about $65.2 million.