Dangote recently spoke with David Piling of Financial Times, in an interview titled “Lunch with FT” where the Africa’s richest man spoke about his business chain, his hope of buying Arsenal Football club, leading Nigeria’s oil refining revolution, his personal life and even a longing for a new bride.
The business mogul is twice divorced and has three grown-up daughters, noted, via Cable, that he also longs for a new bride. “I’m not getting younger. Sixty years is no joke,” he explained the reasoning behind this yearning, adding, “But it doesn’t make sense to go out and get somebody if you don’t have the time. Right now, things are really, really very busy, because we have the refinery, we have the petrochemicals, we have the fertiliser, we have the gas pipeline.”
Dangote also added that he fasts at least once a week. And asked why he does so, he said “it helps to clean your system.”
The business mogul also notes that he takes more than 100 calls a day, deals with a tremendous slew of emails, to. “You try to be polite and reply but they come back to you with a longer email, not minding that here is a very, very busy person,” he said of how he handles his email, adding that he often reminds himself: “Look Aliko, the world is not going to fall apart if you don’t answer your phone.”
About his dream of leading Nigeria’s oil revolution, Dangote noted that once his $12 billion refinery is done, Nigeria will for the first time in her history, become Africa’s biggest exporter of petroleum products. “When we finish this project, for the first time in history Nigeria will be the largest exporter of petroleum products in Africa,” he said.
About his dream of buying Arsenal, he said, “I love Arsenal and I will definitely go for it…When I buy it, I have to bring it up to the expectations of our supporters.”
However, the refinery is priority now. “Once I have finished with that headache, I will take on football,” he concludes.
And he said a lot more.
Read the full interview here.