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Published on May 15th, 2018

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Spotlight On 36 Year Old Ladi Delano, One Of Nigeria’s Youngest Billionaires!

Ladi Delano is a 36-year old Nigerian serial entrepreneur and he is one of Nigeria’s youngest Billionaires!

The young CEO despite not finishing college made his first million as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China.

In a feature done on him by Forbes, Delano talked extensively about not finishing college…

The path may have been well lit, but hardship lurked around the corner. In his student days, Delano found he suffered from mild dyslexia and deafness in one ear. Learning became more and more difficult and the idea of school waned. Despite this, with the help of extra lessons, Delano made it to a top university on a day he describes as glorious. The novelty soon wore off and academia became Delano’s nemesis. In his second year of a political science degree, he made up his mind. “It became quite clear that I didn’t have a passion for my course. I think that lead to me being easily distracted and that, ultimately, culminated in me thinking that rather than flogging a dead horse, it would make more sense to do something I was more comfortable with. There are two types of education and each form of education is equally as valuable. The academic approach to education is vital, no business can operate and be successful without those who have spent the time to understand the academic side of anything. However, that approach to education is not necessarily for everybody. And in my case it wasn’t. So, I decided to withdraw from university,”  

At the young age of 22, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka.

Delano is now the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie Delano Africa – a $1 billion joint venture with the $15 billion Bakrie Group of Indonesia at the age of 35.

Ladi re-invented himself and his brand with Bakrie Delano Africa which is centered on identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil & gas and executing them in Nigeria.

He has been featured by Forbes as one of Nigeria’s top earners to watch out for in the nearest future.

Ladi despite his success is yet to find the woman of his dreams…the young successful entrepreneur is still a bachelor and a very eligible one at that!

He has got a killer smile; great style and seems like a great all round guy. This young man we say is the total package anyone would want. Now ladies, be warned, you too have to be bringing something valuable to the table, aside from looks, to grab a man of his worth.

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