Tony Elumelu, Obama, Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton Among Top 200 Global Philanthropists, Social Entrepreneurs


The Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman of United Bank For Africa, UBA, Tony Elumelu has been named named among the top 200 ‘Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs 2017’ by the
Elumelu was the only Nigerian on that list, which had few Africans.
However, Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, George Soros,Richard Branson, Hilary Clinton, among others, made the list. said its list “is an automatic algorithm based on social media influence, Klout scores and a secret recipe. We take into account various metrics from Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Youtube, LinkedIn and Instagram.”’s latest release on its website of a list of those it considers the most influential do-gooders in the world also included sitting and past heads of government, the like of India’s Prime Minister Modi, to sportsmen and women, entertainers, writers, journalist, high net worth business tycoons etc.
Elumelu’s TEF had seeded $100 million through the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, to champion entrepreneurship across Africa over the next 10 years.
The foundation recently shortlisted 1000 successful candidates for the 2017 programme.
Elumelu is an economist, investor, and philanthropist. He chairs privately held investment firm Heirs Holdings and Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp.
Elumelu invests across Africa, primarily in the oil and gas, financial services, hospitality and power sectors. His investments are informed by his philosophy of Africapitalism: the belief that the private sector can lead Africa’s economic renaissance and that investment should create both economic prosperity and social wealth.


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