By NKIRUKA NNOROM
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Africa’s richest man, has been ranked one of the 25 people that have had most profound impact on business and finance worldwide by CNBC, a South Africa based broadcast medium.
The ranking by CNBC came barely a week after Dangote was ranked among the 100 most influential personalities in the world by the renowned Time magazine.
Forbes had earlier named him the second most powerful black man, coming only after the United States President, Barack Obama and the 64th most powerful in the world in the ranking of the movers and shakers of the world.
CNBC ranked Dangote as 23th among the first 25 people who have impacted the business world most since 1989, the year CNBC went live on air.
In the list, Steve Jobs led the pack followed by world richest, Bill Gates.
Others in the list are Ben Bernanke and Alan Green-span, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Bogle, Larry Ellison, Rupert Murdoch, Jack Welch, Narayana Murthy, Howard Schuldt, Bernard Arnault and Li Ka-shing.
The rest are Carl Icahn, Meg Whitman, Amancio Ortega, Michael Bloomberg, Sandy Weill, Cher Wang, Martha Stewart and Carlos Slim.
CNBC said: “They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies.
“As CNBC embarks on its second quarter-century, it faces a world completely altered from when it started. Then, the Dow was below 2,400, Wal-Mart didn’t make the list of America’s 500 largest companies and there was no World Wide Web.
“No dictionary contained the words e-commerce or app and a blog was still archaic slang for a servant boy.”