Posted by Karen on
05/20/2016 04:05:15 PM
Jim Ovia was born on November 5, 1951, at Agbor in the Delta State of Nigeria.
Jim Ovia attended Southern University Louisiana, where he obtained a B.Sc in Business
Administration in the year 1977. Later he proceeded to the North East Louisiana University, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1979. He also did an Executive Management Program in the Harvard Business School.
Jim Ovia is the founder of Zenith Bank Group, a bank he is the largest individual shareholder with about 9.3% stake. He is also an investor in real estate across Nigeria. His other assets include Visafone, a mobile telecommunication outfit.
In August 2014, Jim Ovia commenced the construction of $1.5 billion petrochemical complex in Akwa-Ibom State Nigeria.
Forbes listed Jim Ovia as the 30th richest man in Africa in the year 2014.
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