CEO per Excellence

The billionaire brothers who built an empire from a Bury petrol station and have just bought ASDA for £6.8b

Photo: Brothers Zuber (left) and Mohsin (right) Issa


In a petrol station a mile or so from Bury town centre, the seeds of a billion pound empire were sown.

When brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa purchased the run-down garage in Brandlesholme Road back in 2001, there was little to distinguish it from so many others up and down the country.

But its new owners possessed big dreams and a vision.

We must move from youth empowerment to youth investment –Adesina

In this interview with some Nigeria journalists on the sidelines of the just-ended World Bank/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Washington DC, the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, shares his vision for Africa, and some interventions by the bank to prepare the continent and its people for the digital future. Harrison Arubu was there for the News Agency of Nigeria. Excerpts:

On support by the Africa Development Bank to women

Forbes Billionaires: Bill Gates Remains World’s No.1, Dangote Africa’s No. 1

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world’s more than 2,000 billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots to 544th, the magazine said Monday.

Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote remains Africa’s richest man with $12.2 billion net worth and 103rd in the world, while Mike Adenuga is Africa’s third richest and 250th in the world, with wealth estimated at $6.1 billion.

Ibukun Awosika –Entrepreneur Par Excellence

Ibukunoluwa Awosika was born in Ibadan on the 24th of December, 1962 to a Nigerian father and a Cameroonian mother. She had her primary education in Ibadan but ended up finishing her schooling in Lagos at St. Paul African Church Primary School. From there, she proceeded to Methodist Girls High School, Yaba for her secondary school education. She obtained excellent academic results, finishing with a Grade 1 and wining the Dotun Okubanjo prize for the most outstanding student.

‘Trade Fair Will Fast Track Economic Growth’

Babatunde Ruwase is the Chairman of the Trade Promotion Board at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). In an exclusive interview with FinIntell, Mr. Ruwase, who is also a Vice President at the LCCI, shed some light on the Chamber’s choice of the 2013 trade fair’s theme –Harnessing Trade Potentials for an Inclusive Economy; and what participants at this year’s fair stand to benefit.

Walking The Talk

The inspiring life and career of Shuaibu Idris, a worthy leader and an illustrious son of Dogon Dawa, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, could best be articulated in the words of Douglas MacArthur, the late American General and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army, who said: “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

The Bulls Are Back

Just when the Nigerian stock market seems to have dashed investors’ hope of any sustainable recovery aftermath the 2008 global financial crisis, a review of trading performance in 2012 and the outlook for 2013 have shown that the bulls are back.

From SME To A Conglomerate –The Dangote Story

With the current national unemployment rate of about 23.90% in Nigeria, and the economically active population constituting about 56.30%, coupled with the massive downsizing going around the world, there is a growing need to take your own destiny into your hands by starting a business. However, whatever your reason for starting a business, ensure that it is strong enough to propel you through the several business challenges that you will encounter in the business terrain.

Lagos Trade Fair Remains The Biggest Trade Promotion Platform –LCCI DG

Reputed as the biggest and the best organised trade fair in Nigeria and West Africa, the Lagos International Trade Fair has been on successfully for 26 consecutive years. In an exclusive interview with Muda Yusuf, Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), organisers of the trade fair, FinIntell gathered that participants at this year’s edition would get more value for trade promotion.

The Business Manager

While others carved a niche for themselves in more popular sector of the economy, such as banking, telecoms, oil and gas, David Kliegl, a down-to-earth and lively South African, mastered leisure and hospitality business.

Mr. Kliegl, who oversees an investment worth over N6billion in Nigeria, started his career as a trainee hotel manager, over thirty years ago, and currently runs the affairs of the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Nigeria, an arm of Sun International, South Africa.