Tony Elumelu is one of the famous great Nigerians known for his wealth and entrepreneurial ability. His full name is Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu and he was born on 22nd March, 1963. He was born in Jos, Plateau State but of Delta State, Onicha-Ukwu in Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Tony Elumelu holds a degree in Economics from Ambrose Alli University and masters degree from University of Lagos. He also added to his knowledge at the Harvard Business School. With these, he got himself prepared for the life challenges. This undoubtedly paid off as we can see today.
He got married to a medical Doctor in 1993. His wife name is Awele Vivien Elumelu and they have seven (7) children in all. Tony Elumelu makes up a good father, husband and business mogul in the country. He is as well confirmed to be a man of high value and integrity.
Tony became Member of the order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in 2003. In 2009, he was a presidential candidate for Global Financial Crisis committee, he was listed in 100 most influential Africans and he bagged the honour as commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2013.
Tony is by far a wealthy man with lots of properties and businesses. He was once ranked to be worth $700 million in 2015. With the current economic situation which seems to have affected this noble man’s growth. He is said to worth about $1.2 billion. This may not be exactly his net worth as a business man is constantly involve in business, selling and acquiring properties.
Tony Elumelu Foundation
Apart from been a business man, He is also a philanthropist. In his philanthropic vision, he founded Tony Elumelu Foundation. This is a non profit organization which focuses on promoting and celebrating entrepreneurship spirit and excellence in business in the African continent.
The foundation was founded in 2010 and has a vision to empower entrepreneurs. The foundation focuses to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit among the youths and to further step up African financial growth and development. To this end, the foundation has several programmes.
The foundation has implemented several programmes and gave lots of grants to deserving people to drive entrepreneurship. These programmes include Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), Blair-Elumelu Fellows Programme, The Tony and Awele Elumelu Prize (TAEP) etc. These programmes also show collaboration with similar organization across the globe.
The foundation’s activities include developing people for global impact in the business world in Africa, building Africa economies through networks, research work to enhance the proper environment for entrepreneurs and identifying investment opportunities for global impact. There are activities designed to enhance these objectives and make them a reality on the long run. The foundation is building the future of Africa.
For more details on the Tony Elumelu Foundation, you may visit the organization website, www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/ and read about activities and programmes. Perhaps, you may gain through it.