Millions of Nigerians enjoy the country’s great films, their educational stories and feel pure emotions, thanks to Nollywood. No wonder that Nollywood stars are very well paid. Jim Iyke is currently the richest actor in Nigeria. This famous artist has played in more than 150 films and his fortune is estimated at 30 million dollars (16.2 billion FCFA).
The star of « American Driver » released in 2017, James Ikechukwu Esomugha, better known as « Jim Iyke », is a 44-year-old Nigerian actor, very rich and loved by his fans. He made his first steps in the cinema in 2002 and has appeared in more than 150 films. In 2007, he founded the film production company, Untamed Productions, and also set up his own music label, Untamed Records. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jim Iyke’s net worth is estimated at $30 million (FCFA 16.2 billion). He is now the richest Nollywood actor.
In second place comes Chidi Mokeme, 48, who is considered one of the most successful TV presenters and professional actor. He is popular for being the presenter of the game show « Gulder Ultimate Search » and the Nollywood films « The Seed, 76 » and many others. Mokeme is one of Nigeria’s leading actors, and has a fortune valued at $8 million (FCFA 4.3 billion).
The winner of the title of best actor in 2015, Richard Mofe-Damijo, is still very popular in Nigeria. This veteran of Nollywood is also known as « RMD ». He is especially loved for his role in the TV series « Ripples ». Richard Mofe Damijo aka « RMD », 59, first worked as a famous Nigerian journalist when he finished his higher education. He then left the media to pursue his passion for acting by joining Nollywood. His net worth is about $7 million (FCFA 3.7 billion). He ranks third in Nollywood’s top 10 of the biggest fortunes of actors.
With an estimated value of 5.1 million dollars (2.8 billion FCFA), Segun Arinze (55 years old), occupies the 4th place. Star of the film « Black Arrow », Segun is also a former head of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. Those who watched the series « Ripples » will remember not only the role of Richard Mofe-Damijo, but also Segun Arinze.
Tied for 5th place are Desmond Elliot and Kenneth Okonkwo. Desmond Elliot is one of the great Nigerian actors, but also a famous politician. With around 200 films in his pocket, Desmond Elliot (46) is one of the 10 richest actors in Nollywood in 2020. Also in the top 5 of Nigeria’s richest and most successful musicians, his net worth is about $5 million (FCFA 2.7 billion).
Top 10 richest Nigerian actors
1st Jim Iyke: 30 million dollars (FCFA 16.2 billion)
2nd Chidi Mokeme: 8 million dollars (4.3 billion FCFA)
3rd Richard Mofe-Damijo: 7 million dollars (FCFA 3.7 billion)
4th Segun Arinze: 5.1 million dollars (2.8 billion FCFA)
5th Desmond Elliot: 5 million dollars (FCFA 2.7 billion)
6th Kenneth Okonkwo: 5 million dollars (2.7 billion FCFA)
7th Ramsey Nouah: 4.5 million dollars (2.4 billion FCFA)
8th John Okafor: 4.2 million dollars (FCFA 2.2 billion)
9th Nkem Owoh: 3.9 million dollars (2.1 billion FCFA)
10th Pete Edochie: 3.8 million dollars (2 billion FCFA)