Dangote Group: A Nigerian Conglomerate of Global Repute

Dangote Group is a Nigerian conglomerate named after its founder Aliko Dangote, which comprises of several companies in diverse industries spanning from cement production to food processing. It is not just the largest conglomerate in Nigeria but also a big name internationally. The company rose to global fame as it successfully positioned itself in the African and world economy by establishing its name in several sectors and industries.

The History of Dangote Group

The Dangote Group began as a small trading outfit in Nigeria in the late 70s. Founded by Aliko Dangote, it grew substantially over time by leveraging its expertise in the Nigerian market to explore opportunities in different sectors such as agriculture, real estate, and manufacturing businesses.

With its contemporary business tactics and world-class manufacturing capability, the Dangote Group has grown to become the largest conglomerate in Nigeria and West Africa at large. It is a remarkable feat considering that Aliko Dangote started with a one-man enterprise in the country.

Statistics on Dangote Group

  • In 2020, Forbes listed Aliko Dangote, the founder of the Dangote Group, as the 162nd wealthiest person globally
  • The Dangote Group has a total revenue of $4 billion as of 2021.
  • The company has an employee strength of around 30,000
  • The cement manufacturing plants under the Dangote Group produces 44 million metric tons revenues worth $2.2 billion as of 2021
  • The company has a total market capitalization worth of NGN 3,423,208,380,000, accounting for 21.89% of the total market capitalization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

It is evident that Dangote Group has expanded considerably from its early beginnings and has recorded explosive growth in various industries. The Group has also accomplished multiple records with its cement business, which contributed primarily to the Group’s massive revenue of $4 billion in 2021.

The Businesses Under the Dangote Group

The Dangote Group has investments in various sectors and boasts a vast portfolio of businesses, some of which are:

  • Dangote Cement – manufacturing cement and distribution. It is the largest cement producer in Africa.
  • Dangote Sugar Refinery – refining sugar for domestic and industrial use. It is the largest sugar refiner in Nigeria.
  • Dangote Flour Mills – milling wheat, sorghum, and other grains.
  • Dangote Salt – providing refined salt for domestic use
  • Dangote Agro Sacks – manufacturer of agro bags for produce packaging
  • Dangote Oil Refinery – refining crude oil into petroleum products for domestic and industrial use. It is expected to be the largest single-train refinery in the world when it opens in 2022
  • Dangote Group is also majorly involved in real estate, telecommunications, and fertilizers

Impact of Dangote Group on Nigerian Economy

Forbes in its 2021 list of richest men in Nigeria, ranked Aliko Dangote as worth $11.5 billion. Dangote’s wealth is an example of how entrepreneurship improves lives and the country’s economic betterment, especially considering that the Group controls about 21.89% of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is an inspiration to millions of Nigerians striving to become great entrepreneurs on a national and international level.

Moreover, Dangote Group has consistently worked towards bettering the country’s economy. Their investments and economic contributions continually create jobs and support small-to-medium scale businesses. They have also aligned with the Nigerian Government’s vision of diversifying the economy from oil to other essential sectors. The group’s impact on the country’s economy is best demonstrated by its strategies to create a deep-sea port and petrochemical complex in Lekki with an investment of $12 billion, resulting in increased employment opportunities, economic growth, and boosting foreign investment in Nigeria.


Dangote Group has evolved tremendously since its founding, from its humble roots as a small trading enterprise in the 1970s to become a leading conglomerate in Nigeria and beyond. The company has contributed towards improving the lives of the people, creating jobs, providing products, manufacturing goods, and improving the country’s economy, making it one of Nigeria’s most important conglomerates. Dangote Group continues to grow, and they have made it clear that they are not stopping anytime soon.


  • Dangote Group Official Website
  • Reuters: Dangote Group Company Profile
  • Bloomberg: Dangote Cement Profile
  • Forbes: Dangote Group Profile
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