By all the known and relevant indices that could have been used into arriving at their famous listing of foremost billionaires in the world, he eminently deserves a place in this compendium.
For the genteel Globacom boss, Otunba (Dr.) Mike Adenuga’s success story comes with the profound weight of humility.
At 68, the Globacom boss has earned his merited status as a successful multinational telecommunications company and remains one of the best in the industry. Mike isn’t close to finish, with the recent waves of innovation and development in his industry. Call him an introvert of the highest rung of the ladder you’ll not be too far from the obvious, despite the attendant stupendous affluence and wealth at his disposal.
Princely Otunba Mike Adenuga Jnr., GCON,may have been born with the proverbial silver spoon, but his sojourn into greatness and affluence is a direct opposite of the glamour and glitters he grew with. Even at that, Mike makes himself stand out on the general belief that an Ijebu man is naturally stingy and tight-fisted: the full-fledged Ijebu-born filthy rich Adenuga is a far cry from this erroneous and often misconstrued belief, as he stands out arguably the most charitable and philanthropic Ijebu son of all times, and the indices are there for all to see and verify.
This is because, despite his humongous wealth and affluence, he shuns and loathes publicity like a plague, preferring to do his giving without any fanfare or undue ego trip. He doesn’t throw his weight or magnanimity around, and you can hardly see him around at most top-notch functions, except it is extremely unavoidable for him; he does not like parties or social functions, as he rarely attends parties, even the ones organized in his honour.
The very unassuming boardroom guru is a man of simple taste, without any affinity for loud dressing. He is remarkably and extraordinarily tenacious, resilient, stern, Spartan, inimitable and many adjectives that can conveniently locate the one fondly called ‘The Bull’ in his business terrain, a moniker he probably earned via his stout physique and vast business magnitude.
From all intents and purposes, one will not be out of track to aver that Adenuga’s never-say-die attitude to any business venture, is the seeming rationale behind whatever success string that has been trailing him since he frayed into the murky, volatile and highly competitive business world.
At 68, The Bull is still glowing and breaking other grounds for Nigeria to be great, and Africa in general.