20 Top Richest Nollywood Actors And Their Net Worth
There tends to be an annual change in the list of the richest Nollywood actors. There are new faces appearing in the scenes, and this is fast becoming a frequent happening. This has somewhat affected the grading of the richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria.
Many talents have been raised in Nollywood. These stars are spread across many industries, such as fashion, realtors, digital marketing, etc.
As you may know, the successes of the Nollywood film industry were enhanced by the help of scriptwriters, filmmakers, producers, directors, make-up artists, costume designers, cinematographers, and many more, who are important professionals in the production process.
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Top 20 Richest Actors In Nigeria 2022
20. Yul Edochie – $2 Million
Yul Chibuike Daniel Edochie was born on January 7 in Lagos State–Nigeria. He is the son of the popular Nigerian actor Pete Edochie. Yul Edochie is the last of six children. Yul Edochie hails from Anambra State but was raised in Lagos and Enugu.
Yul studied at and earned a degree from the University of Port Harcourt, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts. He started his acting career in 2005 when he was featured in the film ‘The Exquires’.
However, he caught the attention of the public in 2007, after he acted in a film titled ‘Wind of Glory’. The movie also featured Desmond Elliot and Genevieve Nnaji. Yul Edochie is currently an Actor and a Film director and a politician.
He launched his own Academy in Lagos in 2015. He teaches rising stars the process of coming to the limelight in the movie industry. Yul Edochie is one of the richest Nollywood actors in Nigeria, with a Net worth of $2 million.
He is currently married with 4kids, 3 boys, and 1 girl.
19. Olu Jacobs – $2.3 Million
Olu Jacobs, Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on July 11, 1942. He was raised in the city of Kano. He was privileged to acquire a visa to study acting in England after attending one of Chief Herbert Ogunde’s annual concerts at Colonial Hotel in Kano.
Jacobs trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England. Olu Jacobs is one of the most famous Nigerian actors, having starred in over 100 films. He has been the godfather of Nollywood for over 40 years in the business of acting. He is married to the popular veteran actress Joke Silva.
Olu Jacobs is also a popular international actor; he has appeared in both Nollywood and British films. He currently has a net worth of $2.3 million, which makes him one of the richest Nigerian actors.
18. Kanayo O. Kanayo – $2.5 Million
Born on March 1, 1952, Kanayo O. Kanayo made his debut appearance in 1992, in the movie ‘Living in bondage’. The actor has starred in over 100 films since his inception and has received many awards as a result of his growth in the Nollywood industry.
Kanayo O. Kanayo is from Mbaise in Imo State. Although he is divorced, he has four children: two boys and two girls. He studied at the University of Abuja, where he earned a degree in Law in the year 2018 and graduated from Law School Bwari in Abuja in 2020. He has a net worth of $2.5 million.
17. Sam Dede – $3 Million
Sam Dedetokun, known as Sam Dede, is not only an actor and a movie director but also a politician and lecturer. He was born in River State, Nigeria. Sam Dede has acted in over 350 films since the start of his acting career and has played a variety of characters.
He is nicknamed ‘Ebube’ after his lead role in the movie ‘Issakaba’. He is a professor at the University of Port Harcourt–Rivers State, Nigeria where he graduated from. His net worth is $3 million.
16. Zack Orji – $3 Million
Zack Orji, Zachee Ama Orji, is a famous Nollywood actor, director, and producer. He was born in the Gabonese capital of Libreville. Zack grew up in three different countries: Cameroon, Benin, and Togo. Due to this, he is a fluent English and French speaker.
Zack is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Zack Orji made his acting debut in 1991 with his appearance in the film ‘Unforgiven Sin’. Zack Orji is married and has three children. He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
15. Mike Ezuruonye – $3.5 Million
Mike Ezuruonye is one of the most outstanding talents in Nollywood. He was born in Lagos State, Nigeria, on September 20, 1982. He is a graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
He was a banker before he became an actor. He has acted in numerous films and is somewhat famous for how well he plays the role of being enraged. He is married with 1 child. His estimated net worth is $3.5 million.
14. Bovi Ugboma – $3.5 Million
Abovi Ugboma, known as Bovi, is one of Nigeria’s top comedians and actors in the Nollywood movie industry. He made his acting debut in the film ‘It’s Her Day’ in 2016. He created and featured in the comedy film ‘My Village People’, which was released in 2021.
He has a self-titled YouTube channel with over 290k subscribers. He is a graduate from Delta State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Art. His current net worth is estimated at $3.5 million.
13. Osita Iheme – $3.5 Million
Remember the duo who always cracked you up? LOL. Osita Iheme, popularly known as Pawpaw, is a well-known personality in Nollywood. He is esteemed one of the best and highest-paid performers in the Nigeria.
He is from Imo State, Nigeria, and rose to prominence after starring in the popular film ‘Aki Na Ukwa’. In the film, he co-starred with Chinedu Ikedieze. Osita Iheme has starred in numerous films.
He is the founder and proprietor of Inspired Movement Africa, an inspiring and motivational company, in addition to his acting career. His net worth is $3.5 million.
12. Chinedu Ikedieze – $3.6 Million
Following closely is Chinedu Ikedieze. He was born in Bende, Abia State, Nigeria on December 12, 1985. Chinedu Ikedieze, like Osita Iheme, got his big break in the film ‘Aki Na Ukwa’. He has starred in other films with Osita since his performance in the film.
The team has never failed to astonish the crowd. Chinedu is a GLO Ambassador. His net worth is $3.6 million.
11. O.C. Ukeje – $3.6 Million
O.C. Ukeje was featured in many award-winning films after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show, which include Two Brides and a Baby, Hood-rush, Alan Poza, Confusion Na Wa, and Half of a Yellow Sun.
O.C Ukeje’s net worth is believed to be $3.7 million.
10. Pete Edochie – $4 Million
Pete Edochie is well-known as one of Africa’s most noteworthy performers, having received numerous honors. He was born in Enugu, Nigeria, on March 7, 1947.
He made his film debut in the film ‘Things Fall Apart’. Pete Edochie served in the Nigerian Railway Corporation before making his film debut. He has a net worth of $4 million.
9. Nkem Owoh – $4 Million
Nkem Owoh, popularly known as Ukwa, is for his hilarious character. He got his big break and rose to fame with the film ‘Osuofia in London’. Nkem Owoh was born in Enugu State, Nigeria, on February 7, 1958.
He started his acting career while he was still a student at the University of Ilorin, where he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His net worth is estimated at $4 million.
8. John Okafor – $4.2 Million
John Okafor, known by many as Mr. Ibu, is famous for his comedic character. Following his participation in the comedy film ‘Mr. Ibu’, he rose to prominence and became loved by many.
He has featured in over 200 films, in most of which he acted comically and interferred with reality. His estimated net worth is $4.2 million.
7. Ramsey Nouah – $4.5 Million
Ramsey Nouah is an actor who is known for playing the role of a lover boy as a result of his involvement in many romantic comedies. He was born on December 19, 1970, in Edo State, Nigeria.
His father was born in Israel, and his mother was born in Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. Ramsey has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.
6. Clem Ohameze – $4.5 Million
Clem Ohameze was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on June 27, 1965. In 1995, he joined the Nollywood film industry. He got his big break three years after when he was cast in the film ‘End Time’. After then he appeared in several other films.
He is married to Chimwe Esther Ohameze. His net worth is reported to be $4.5 million.
5. Kenneth Okonkwo – $5 Million
Kenneth Okonkwo is an renowned veteran actor. He was born in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, on November 6, 1968. He is famed for his portrayal of Andy Okeke in the Nollywood film ‘Living in Bondage’. He has a net worth of $5 million.
4. Desmond Elliot – $5 Million
Desmond Elliot is a famous actor, director, and film producer. He has been starred in films, television series, and soap operas, among others. Desmond Elliot is also a politician, however, he still continues to appear in films and other.
His net worth is $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
3. Chidi Mokeme – $7 Million
Chidi Mokeme is a celebrated actor and TV reality show host. He was the host of the reality show Gulder Ultimate Search.
Chidi Mokeme earns his money through event management, TV hosting, and brand endorsements in conjunction with his acting profession. With a net worth of $7 million, he is one of Nollywood’s wealthiest actors.
2. Richard Mofe Damijo – $7 Million
Richard Mofe Damijo, RMD, has a long history in the film industry. Richard is a devoted worker who is praised and recognised for his efforts. As a politician, he was made the commissioner of culture and tourism by the Delta State Governor.
He has a net worth of $7 million.
1. Jim Iyke – $30 Million
Jim Iyke is the most paid Nollywood actor. He was born James Ikechukwu Esomugha on September 25, 1971. He is the only male child among eight children. He has progressed to become one of the best actors, winning numerous honours.
Aside his profits as an actor, he has made a lot of money as a producer and from other enterprises. Jim Iyke made his feature film debut in the film Last Flight to Abuja.
With a net worth of $30 million, he is regarded as one of Nollywood wealthiest actors.