Dangote, Iweala Make Time’s 100 Most Influential Persons List

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Africa’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote and the Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have been named among the 100 most influential persons on earth by the Time Magazine.

The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by the American news magazine.

In light of Dangote’s listing by the magazine, Microsoft Founder and CoChair, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, wrote a tribute honour of Dangote.

In his tribute about Dangote, he wrote, “His business activities drive economic growth across the continent. That’s impressive, but I know him best as a leader constantly in search of ways to bridge the gap between private business and public health. It’s for that reason he helped create the Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance. And it’s for that reason he is an advocate for agricultural research and malaria control.”
Dangote was classified in the Titans category, which boasts of eminent world personalities such as the former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; Jef Bezoz, Tony Fadell and Janet Yellen.

Those in the Pioneers category are Jason Collins, Natalie Massenet, Mary Jo White and Edward Snowden, among others.

On top of the list was Beyonce Knowles. Others like Barbara Brown Taylor, Pharrell Williams, Robin Wright, John Green and Kerry Washington were in the Artists category; while Jerry Brown, Okonjo-Iweala, John Kerry and Angela Merkel were listed in the Leaders category.

In the Icons category were Pope Francis, Alice Waters, Marina Abramovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams and Carl Icahn, among others.

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