Nigeria has its fair share of filthy rich billionaires who can afford to live life well above that of the average joe. These high and mighty men possess affluence and a means with which they can acquire all the finer things of life, yachts included.
These three men who have attained billionaire status have beautiful yachts you just need to take a look at:
1. Kola Aluko
Kola Aluko is a Nigerian energy business magnate majorly concerned about African infrastructure development and aviation.
The burgeoning businessman is the Co-Chief Officer and an Executive Director of Atlantic Energy, an indigenous, private upstream oil and gas company, focused on independent exploration and production (‘E&P”) participation in Nigeria.
The 46-year-old business tycoon has a lot of influence in the Nigerian government and is close allies with former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Certain reports disclosed by SaharaReporters allege that he was a front man who laundered most of Diezani’s ill-gotten wealth.
The lovely yacht owned by Kola is quite impressive. It is a 65-metre Galactica Star yacht, which is said to cost above $50 million.
It can house up to 12 guests and contains a full-beam master suite, an upper-deck VIP cabin, and four further double cabins. Beyond this, is a “beach club” with a 10-square-metre balcony, tons of space to entertain guests, and a helipad.
Despite reports that the yacht costs $900,000 a week (£580,000) to charter, we learnt you have to know Kola Aluko before you can rent the yacht.
It was recently rented out to American music industry power couple, Jay Z and Beyonce for a holiday cruise.
Kola is not new to the lavish life. He was in the news sometime ago for spending $1.5m on chamapagne at Hollywood star, Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday party. He is also said to be close pals with the Inception star as well as British supermodel, Naomi Campbell.
Kola Aluko was ranked by Forbes Africa as one of the 40th Richest Africans, and was also part of the Top Ten list of Successful African Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.
2. Alhaji Aliko Dangote
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, owns a luxury yacht called the ‘Mariya’ which he purchased in 2013. Very little is known about the yacht – who built it or how big it is. Reports have it that the boat costs about $43 million.
Photos on the internet show that the yacht looks exactly like the one owned by oil magnate, Femi Otedola only slightly smaller.
After purchasing it, Dangote had the custom made yacht docked right next to the one belonging to Dangote’s close friend and fellow Forbes billionaire, Femi Otedola.
Alhaji Dangote is known for being a go-getter. Earlier this year he put out a bid to buy controlling shares in UK club, Arsenal FC but his move was thwarted by other top contenders.
3. Femi Otedola
Chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola owns a yacht very similar to Dangote’s own and its called Nana.
The oil and gas sector powerhouse is the Nigerian President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenon Petroleum and Gas limited. He is said to be worth about $1.6 billion currently.
Otedola’s yacht is usually docked at Walter Carrington In Victoria Island. The beautiful boat was rented to out Mavin first lady and Forte Oil ambassador, Tiwa Savage for her baby shower.
Femi’s yacht has also played host to the likes of Davido and Dele Momodu in the past.
Last year, a photo-shoot with his daughter, DJ Cuppy on the yacht got quite a lot of attention.