Dangote: Only African in Bloomberg 50 list of year’s most influential people

Aliko Dangote was honored last night at the Bloomberg 50 annual gala dinner at New York#39;s iconic Gotham Hall. Bloomberg#39;s list of 50 most influential names (http://APO.af/hCnHFd) who have had an impact on the world in 2017 included Dangote, Africa#39;s richest person, for his outstanding commitment of over $4B USD to increase Nigeria#39;s food production capacity.

Represented in New York by the CEO of his Foundation, Dangote was joined by electric car visionary Elon Musk; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon; Beatrice Fihn, anti-nuclear weapons advocate and Nobel Peace Laureate; Amazon#39;s Jeff Bezos; Robert Mueller, special counsel investigating Donald Trump#39;s potential collusion with Russia; and Vitalik Buterin, whose invention of the cryptocurrency Ethereum is revolutionizing the new blockchain craze.

Dangote#39;s contribution to the world this year revolves around his dynamic attention to lessen food imports into his own country and Africa#39;s largest nation, Nigeria, by focusing on domestic production of sugar and dairy, with 500 million liters of Nigerian milk to be produced by 2019. Earlier this year he announced a $50B USD plan to invest in renewable energy.

What sets The Bloomberg 50 apart from other lists is that each person chosen has demonstrated measurable change over the past year,rdquo; Bloomberg Businessweek editorMegan Murphy (http://APO.af/aqX3Kp) said.

The event was emceed by actor Keegan-Michael Key, with a performance by Mandy Gonzalez of Broadway sensation Hamilton.rdquo;

Dangote claimed another distinction at the Bloomberg 50; he was the only African.

Source: APO Group.