Aliko Dangote has revealed that at 61, he is not getting any younger and is willing to take a new wife.
Speaking with David Piling in a Financial Times interview, “Lunch with FT,” monitored by The Cable, the multi-billionaire, who is Africa’s richest man, revealed a soft side of himself and talked tall about his ambitions to buy Arsenal Football Club after successfully leading Nigeria’s oil refining revolution.
Dangote revealed that his schedule is inhibiting romance. The Founder of Dangote Group, who is twice divorced and has three grown-up daughters, told FT that he is on the lookout for a new bride.
He, however, adds a caveat: “I am not getting younger. 60 years is no joke. But it doesn’t make sense to go out and get somebody if you don’t have the time.
About his mails, he says: “You try to be polite and reply, but they come back to you with a longer e-mail, not minding that here is a very, very busy person.” “Look Aliko, the world is not going to fall apart if you don’t answer your phone,” Dangote says of his golden advise from Tony Blair, the former British prime Minister, who makes three calls and battle with scores and tones of emails.
Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 100th-richest person in the world and the richest in Africa, and peaked on the list as the 23rd-richest person in the world in 2014.
He surpassed Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi in 2013 by over $2.6 billion to become the world’s richest person of African descent.