Net Worth: $400 Million
- Source of Wealth Oil (Former Military General & Minister)
- Theophilus Danjuma Nationality Nigeria
The Nigerian oil magnate and former defense minister, TY Danjuma just might ate 73-year old has put over $100 million of his own money into his Charity, the TY Danjuma Foundation- making it one of Africa’s largest charities, and Danjuma, the country’s biggest philanthropist.
TY Danjuma, a retired military General was Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff in the 70s and served as the Minister of Defense during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure between 1999 and 2003. Danjuma has always been one of Nigeria’s most influential people.He was a close ally, loyalist and confidante of the late Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, who rewarded General Danjuma with an oil block.The block,which was located in Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta region,was left unexploited for several years. In 2006, he reportedly sold it to China’s offshore oil company CNOOC for $1 billion. After taxes, and paying off various dues,he was left with over $500 million.
But he did not know what to do with the money, so he set up the TY Danjuma foundation with a $100 million endowment. During a public forum in February 2010, he recounted his reasons for setting up the charity:
“This was extra money I did not know what to do with. I did not just want to leave the money in the bank. At some point, I thought about saving the money for my children, but I decided against it. I realized that they could fight over the money after I’m dead. So, I decided, why not give back to my people.”