Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 234 If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share!Oprah Winfrey has lost her long-held title as the richest black woman in the world to a Nigerian oil tycoon, according to a report by an African business magazine. Edging out Oprah is Folorunsho Alakija, a 61-year-old woman from Nigeria who is reportedly worth at least $3.2 billion, or roughly $500 million more than Oprah’s $2.7 billion net worth, Ventures Africa reported. Alakija is the founder and owner of Famfa Oil, which owns a 60 per cent interest in OML 127, an offshore oil field that produces roughly 200,000 barrels of oil per day and is worth an estimated $6.44 billion. More Articles You Would Love PICS: Designer Jay Ray Laces Up Legendary Actor Adjetey Anang & His ‘Mini Me’ In Breathtaking Father & Son Images PayPecker Headlines Accra Fashion Week 2021 This December 9th-12th & Prepares For An Explosive Show Also a fashion designer and philanthropist, Alakija is married and has four grown sons, as well as one grandchild. She owns at least $100 million in real estate and $46 million private jet, Ventures Africa reported. Born into a wealthy Nigerian family, Alakija started out as a secretary in the mid 1970s at the now defunct International Merchant Bank of Nigeria. Several years later, she quit her job and moved to London, where she studied fashion design. She later returned to Nigeria and launched her fashion line, Supreme Stitches, which caters to upscale, high-society women. While she was building her name as a fashion designer, Alakija in 1993 applied for an Oil Prospecting License — an expensive permit that allows for oil exploration in a specified area. The Nigerian government granted her request and allocated a 617,000-acre block of land to Alakija for oil exploration — but she knew nothing about finding and extracting oil. So in September of 1996, she appointed Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited — a subsidiary of Texaco — to act as a technical adviser for her business. In 2000, Star Deep Petroleum determined that Alakija’s land contained an excess of one billion barrels of oil. When this was discovered, the Nigerian government tried to re-acquire half of the oil-rich block it had sold to Alakija. The Nigerian government was successful and Alakija lost control of all but 10 percent of her oil company until 2012, when Nigeria’s highest court reversed the government’s actions. With Alakija now back in control of 60 percent of the oil company, her net worth has shot up to $3.2 billion, an estimate that Ventures Africa calls extremely conservative. Alakija’s sons now run Famfa Oil and her husband, Modupe Alakija, is the chairman of the company. She recently purchased a $102 million property at One Hyde Park in London, as well as a Bombardier Global Express 6000 jet, which she bought earlier this year for $46 million. Her charity, Rose of Sharon Foundation, gives out small grants to widows and orphans. So what do you think guys? AlakijaFolorunshoFolorunsho AlakijaNigerian designernigerian womanOprah winfreyrichest black women Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail More For You Ludacriss Visits Ghana To Work His Upcoming Afrobeats Album & Experiences Ghana Jollof... Rihanna Look-Alike Beatrice Goes Crazy With Excitement After Rihanna Finally Trolls Her Video Outstanding African Queens & Royalty Is Served In New A.I. Digital Artwork By... VIDEO: Beyonce’s Protege Chlöe Bailey Gets Backlash For Her Viral Adult Scene In... Burna Boy Faces Backlash From Black Americans Who Don’t Identify With Africa After... PICS: Ivoriens Show Up In Massive Numbers For The 16th Edition Of Afrik... Nigeria’s Minaladi Shakes Up The 2M Design Show In Senegal With Her Astonishing... See Highlights & Runway Shots From The Just Ended Africa Fashion Week Middle... VIDEO: “They Said I Could Never Do This, So I’ma Do It With... Golf Course to Everyday Wear: How Men’s Golf Polos Have Transcended the Links 1 comment Adeola December 5, 2012 - 6:33 pm Na wa, she brought the title home now. Log in to Reply You must log in to post a comment.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.