Top 20 Best, Richest Nollywood Actors And Actresses And Estimated Net Worth (2019 Update)
The Nigerian movie industry – Nollywood – has produced some exceptional actors and actresses, who have, over the course of their respective careers, amassed sizable wealth for themselves. In this article, we will be looking at the top 20 richest Nigerian actors and actresses.
In the Nigerian society today, Nollywood actors and actresses are seen as elites. This is, on one hand, due to their relative fame, and on the other hand, a result of their perceived wealthy status.
However, to the oblivion of many Nigerians, fame is not directly proportional to wealth, and the most popular Nigerian actors and actresses are not necessarily the wealthiest.
So, in this piece, we’ll be bringing you a compilation of the top 20 richest Nollywood actors and actresses, who, by every standard, equally stand out as some of the best movie stars in Nollywood.
Top 20 Richest Nigerian Nollywood Actors and Actresses
#1 Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot is probably the biggest actor in Nollywood, with an illustrious career that has, so far, spanned about two decades. Within this period, the movie star has appeared in about 200 Nollywood movies. And in the process, he has earned for himself hundreds of millions of Naira in prize money.
With respect to Desmond‘s highly successful career, coupled with his current political success (as a lawmaker), he his head and shoulders above his colleagues in the industry.
Desmond Elliot net worth has been estimated in the region of approximately 4 billion Naira.
#2 Richard Mofe Damijo
Veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, who is popularly called RMD, is undoubtedly one of the best movie stars in Nigeria. He’s a role model to virtually all upcoming movie artists, who seek to iron themselves up, and enjoy a lucrative and illustrious career in Nollywood.
RMD has been in the movie scene for over two decades now, with a myriad of movie features and productions under his belt. Furthermore, he has several endorsement deals, most notably with Globacom. And at a time, he was a commissioner in his home state of Delta.
RMD’s net worth has been estimated in the region of 200 million Naira.
#3 Genevieve Nnaji
The Nigerian screen diva needs no introduction! She is arguably the most popular Nigerian movie export, having earned herself worthy recognition and accolades, both at the national and international levels.
Genevieve’s recent production, Lionheart was acquired by Netflix for a staggering $3.8 million. And this significantly boosted the actress’ wealth profile.
Recent estimates have put Genevieve Nnaji’s net worth in the region of $3 million (2.5 billion Naira).
#4 Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Genevieve is closely followed by Omotola Jalade, who has been around since way back in the late 1990s. She started out in Nollywood as a teenager, and more than two decades later, she has deservingly earned her place in the top echelon of the Nigerian movie industry.
In terms of fame, recognition and awards, she is probably the most decorated Nollywood movie star, having won virtually all notable movie awards in Nollywood.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde’s on-screen success has earned her significant amount of money. In fact, as gathered from several sources, she is currently the highest earning movie star in Nollywood. She reportedly earns between 2 to 5 million Naira per movie.
Omotola Jalade net worth has been estimated at roughly 1.5 billion Naira.
#5 Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele is a prominent name in the movie industry. She is especially known for her production series titled Jenifa Diaries. The series took Nollywood by storm, and the storm is not going away just yet.
The versatile movie star also has a number of multimillion Naira endorsement deals with several multinational coys in the country.
Funke Akindele, who is fondly called Jenifa, has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million
#6 Jim Iyke
The so-called Nollywood “badboy” is, without doubt, one of the most talented and enigmatic personalities to have graced Nollywood. He has validated his A-list status, with numerous accolades, recognition and earnings. Jim Iyke is, today, one of the highest paid movie stars in the Nollywood movie industry.
Jim Iyke net worth has been estimated around $1 million.
#7 John Okafor Mr Ibu
Popular comic act, John Okafor, who is colloquially known as Mr. Ibu, is undoubtedly one of the most loved movie stars in the industry, with a huge fan base within and outside Nigeria.
His exceptional comic performance has been recognised by virtually all prominent awarding bodies in the country (including AMAA). Furthermore, his on-screen performance and consequent fame has earned him multimillion Naira endorsement deals with the likes of Merrybet and co.
Currently, Mr. Ibu has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
#8 Van Vicker
Although Van Vicker is a Ghanaian, he made his name in the Nigerian movie industry. He was, at a time, the most sought-after actor in Nollywood, and he went on to feature (as the lead actor) in multitude of Nollywood movies.
Van Vicker has quite a number of movie awards, as well as numerous endorsement deals under his belt. And while he has not been as active as before, he remains one of the best and richest actors in Nollywood.
Van Vicker’s net worth has been estimated at $3.2 million.
#9 Kenneth Okonkwo
This man is one of the founding fathers of what is known today as “contemporary Nollywood”. He featured in the maiden Nollywood movie titled “Living in Bondage”, which was released in the early 1990s. Since then, he has featured in over 200 movies, amassing for himself hundreds of millions of Naira in the process.
At present, the actor is into politics, and he is one of the top advocates and movers of APC in the eastern region of Nigeria (Igboland).
Kenneth Okonkwo’s net worth has been estimated in the region of $1 million.
#10 Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson is one of the A-list actors/actresses in Nollywood, having been around for quite some time now. She has featured in about 100 movies, and she has won several awards for her starring role(s) in many of these movies.
Mercy Johnson has been recognised by prominent awarding bodies like AMAA, AMVCA and the likes. She has also earned for herself numerous endorsement and ambassadorial deals within and outside Nigeria.
Interestingly, Mercy Johnson is happily married to a wealthy businessman and politician, who goes by the name Prince Okojie Odianosen.
The popular actress has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
#11 Kate Henshaw
Speak of elegance, speak of Kate Henshaw! The star actress is probably in a league of her own, having maintained her A-list status for over a decade now. She has featured in many high grossing Nollywood movies, which has earned her significant sum of money. In terms of recognition, she stands out as one of the most decorated and most respected movie stars in the country.
She is also one of the most endorsed movie artistes in Nollywood; having been endorsed by several top brands in Nigeria.
Kate Henshaw net worth is currently estimated around $2.5 million.
#12 Rita Dominic
Rita Dominic, who is fondly called “the ageless beauty” has been active in Nollywood since 1998. And she has rose through the ranks to become one of the best, most decorated and richest movie stars in the country.
The star actress has over 100 movie features under her belt; taking up the lead role in most of these movies. She has been well recognised and deservingly rewarded for her exceptional work over the course of her long and illustrious career. Currently, she is one of the most sought-after and highest paid movie stars in Nollywood.
Rita Dominic currently has an estimated net worth of $2.2 million.
#13 Ramsey Nouah
Nollywood’s playboy, Ramsey Nouah, hasn’t been as active as before; hence, his mediocre ranking on our richlist. In the star actor’s heyday, he was the unrivalled king of Nollywood; featuring in every top grossing movie back-to-back.
Nevertheless, he managed to earn a sizable sum of money, as well as a commendable recognition (both at the national and international stages) during his days.
Currently, Ramsey Nouah is into full time movie production, which he runs under his production platform named Ramsey Films.
The veteran actor is currently valued in the region of $2 million .
#14 Mike Ezuruonye
Ezuruonye is arguably one of the biggest movie acts in the Nigerian movie scene today. He is an all-round actor, producer and director, with over 100 features and productions under his belt.
The actor has been active in Nollywood for about one and half decades now. And he has earned himself laurels and accolades, which are aptly augmented by his career earnings over this period.
In addition, Mike has served in ambassadorial capacity for a number of top brands in the country, including Globacom, Airtel and others.
Mike Ezuruonye net worth has been estimated at $1 million.
#15 Pete Edochie
Legendary movie act, Pete Edochie is probably the longest serving Nollywood actor today, having been in the movie industry since way back in the 1970s. Since then, he has been one of the most active actors in the industry.
Today, he adopts more of supporting roles in movies, basically due to his age. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for several awards, and he went on to win some of these awards.
Pete Edochie currently has an estimated net worth of $1.8 million.
#16 Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor, who is popularly called Mama Gee, is a household name in the movie industry. She is one of the “pioneer actresses” in Nollywood, with decades of experience under her belt.
Over the course of her illustrious career, she has won numerous awards for her exceptional performance in movies. This has earned her applauds and laurels within and beyond Nollywood.
Some time last year, Mama Gee was signed, in a multi million Naira deal, by Globacom, to join the pool of their ambassadors. This further boosted her wealth profile.
Mama Gee currently has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million.
#17 Odunlade Adekola
Odunlade Adekola could very much pass as the best actor in Nollywood today. However, he is better known as an indigenous “Yoruba actor”, rather than a “Nollywood actor”. Hence, he doesn’t earn as much as the top artistes in the English-speaking Nollywood scene.
Nevertheless, the actor remains one of the most popular, famous and richest movie stars in the industry. Furthermore, he has a number of endorsement deals with prominent brands in Nigeria.
Odunlade Adekola’s net worth is currently estimated around $3.2 million.
#18 Sola Sobowale
Sola Sobowale is one of the leading movie stars today. In fact, for the past three years or thereabout, she has featured in virtually all top grossing movies in Nollywood. Some of these include King of Boys, The Wedding Party 1 & 2 and lots more.
She currently has a sponsorship deal with Globacom and few other top firms in Nigeria. At the moment, her net worth has been estimated in the region of $1.5 million.
#19 Tonto Dikeh
Tonto Dikeh, who is popularly known as Poko Lee, Tontolet and King Tonto to mention a few, is one of the most popular movie artistes in Nigeria, with a huge fan base within and outside the country.
The actress, unlike the above mentioned figures, is relatively new to Nollywood. She started her active Nollywood career about 12 years ago, some time in 2006. Since then, she has somehow been able to navigate her way to the peak of the movie industry.
Today, Tonto Dikeh has a number of movie awards in her cabinet. And as a result of her popularity, she has been endorsed as the face of some top brands in Nigeria.
Tonto Dikeh net worth has been estimated around $1.2 million.
#20 Ini Edo
Ini Edo rounds of our list of top 20 richest Nigerian Nollywood actors and actresses! The star actress is one of the so-called “A-list” stars in Nollywood, having been active for over one-and-half decades or so.
Ini Edo is one of the most sought-after and highest paid stars in Nollywood today. And, with her near-perfect role interpretation, she has earned the love and respect of millions of Nollywood viewers across the globe. In the same vein, she has won numerous awards, to validate her excellence and status in Nollywood.
Ini Edo currently has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
There you have it!!
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