Jim Ovia Net Worth Currently (Forbes)

This article is about the net worth of Jim Ovia, Nigerian business tycoon and one of the richest men in Africa. Jim Ovia was born on November 4, 1951 in Agbor, Delta State. He is a businessman of repute who in 1990, founded Zenith Bank.


Jim Ovia attended Southern University, Louisiana, USA where he bagged a B.Sc degree in Business Administration in 1977. He later attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he bagged his Masters degree in 1979. He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School.  

After Founding Zenith Bank Plc in 1990, Jim Ovia became the pioneer Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He served as CEO until 2010. His two decades of meritorious leadership positioned the bank as one of the largest and most profitable banks in Africa. He has since transferred into the Chairman role at Zenith Bank and the bank is moving forward in leaps and bounds.

As an accomplished banker with over three decades experience, he introduced a great deal of innovations into the Nigerian banking industry. Jim Ovia is also the Founder of Visafone Communications Limited. He is the Chairman of the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI) and also Chairman, National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC). He is a member of the Honorary International Investor Council as well as the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI). He is also the Chairman of Cyberspace Network Limited.

Jim Ovia is a member of the Governing Council of Lagos State University, Lagos and also a member of the Board of Trustees, Redeemer’s University For Nations, Lagos. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (1999-2007) and also served on the board of American International School, Lagos (2001 -2003)

Jim Ovia is a noted philanthropist and has headed numerous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) at various times including being the first President of the Nigeria Internet Group (2001-2003). He is the founder and Chairman of Mankind United to Support Total Education (MUSTE), a philanthropic organization focused on providing scholarship for the less privileged, of which some of the beneficiaries are now qualified professionals in diverse fields.

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He is also the founder of the Youth Empowerment / ICT Foundation, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youths by inspiring and motivating them to embrace Information and communication technology.

Jim Ovia, having been around in the business sector for such a long time has over the years become one of the richest men in Nigeria and Africa. Jim Ovia net worth currently stands at a whopping $980 million.



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  1. Duncan

    Wow. Such a brilliant man. Didn’t think he’d be so rich. That’s a $billion already? And he doesn’t make noise.

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