Top 10 Richest Nollywood Actors 2023 In Nigeria-
The richest Nollywood actor in 2023 is Jim Iyke, with a net worth of N12.5 Billion ($30 million). Most of them have over a million followers on Instagram alone while some publicly fluent their wealth and others prefer to keep their riches private.
Top 10 Richest Nollywood Actors 2023
Here are a list of top richest Nollywood actors in 2023 are:
Jim Iyke – N12.5 Billion ($30 million)
James Ikechukwu Esomugha, popularly known as Jim Iyke Listen (born 25 September 1976), is a Nigerian actor and one of the stars of the movie “Last Flight to Abuja“.
He was born in Libreville, Gabon. His parents, from Ogwugwu Village in Enugwu-Agidi town of Anambra State, changed their name from Okolue to Esomugha. He is the only boy in a family of eight children. He attended secondary school in F. G. C. Kwali Abuja from 1985 to 1991, then earned a diploma in Banking and Finance and a BSc in philosophy from the University of Jos, Plateau State.
He started a movie production company, Untamed Productions in 2007, and also has his own music record label, Untamed Records. His first album, titled Who Am I?, featured some of Nigeria’s top musicians, such as TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan.
Jim Iyke began acting in 1998. As of October 2013, he is one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood, he has appeared in over 150 films. His net worth amounted to 30 million U.S. dollars.
Richard Mofe Damijo – N2.9 Billion ($7 million)
Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo (born 6 July 1961), popularly known as RMD, is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist.
Mofe-Damijo was born in the Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club.
He enrolled at the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997, Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004.
He was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the then Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2008, and later became the commissioner for Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009.
In 2005, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.
“Out of Bounds“ was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. In 2005, at the maiden edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
On 5th January 2017, he hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards alongside Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz. On 8th December 2021, he won an award at Ghana, a Black Star Honor at the Rhymes on Da Runway in Gold Coast, Ghana.
He is one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood, his net worth amounted to 7 million U.S. dollars.
Chidi Mokeme – N2.91 billion ($7 million)
Chidi Mokeme (born 17 March 1972) is a Nigerian actor and reality show host. He hails from Oba in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State, South Eastern Nigeria. He was the host of the Gulder Ultimate Search reality show.
Chidi Mokeme had the chance to experience the many cultures of Nigeria’s major ethnic groupings. He attended Salvation Army Primary School in Surulere, Lagos, for his elementary schooling. He studied at the Federal Government College in Minna, Niger State, and then continued on to the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu, where he received a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science. Chidi proudly speaks Hausa, Yoruba, and his native language, Igbo, as a result.
Kenneth Okonkwo – N2.07 billion ($5 million)
Kenneth Okonkwo (born November 6, 1968) is a Nigerian actor, lawyer, and politician, known for his role in the movie Living in Bondage as Andy Okeke.
In 2013 he won the Africa Movie Academy Award on a Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood. 2015 he was given a special recognition award by the organisers of the City People Entertainment Awards for his contribution to the growth of entertainment in Nigeria.
Ramsey Nouah – N1.8 Billion ($4.5 million)
Desmond Elliot (born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot; 4 February 1974) is a Nigerian director and politician. He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
Born to a Yoruba father from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island, Lagos, and a mother from Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State. He received his primary education at Air Force Primary School and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. He studied economics at Lagos State University and graduated in 2003.
Elliot was influenced by a friend to become an actor. He started playing roles in soap operas like Everyday People, One Too Much, and Saints and Sinners.
He is one of Nollywood’s leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire, and Atlanta. In 2006, he was nominated for the African Movie Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” in the movie “Behind closed doors“.
In 2008, Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie “Reloaded” which received 3 nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, He was nominated for the Best Actor category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
He won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
He is one of the highest-paid actors in Nollywood, his net worth amounted to 5 million U.S. dollars.
Ramsey Nouah – N1.8 Billion ($4.5 million)
Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr.; 19 December 1970) is a Nigerian actor and director. He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 for his performance in the movie “The Figurine“.
He made his directorial debut with the film “Living in Bondage“: Breaking Free in 2019 and also went on to direct the Nollywood classic Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story which is a remake of Rattlesnake (1995).
Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. was born in Lagos on December 19, 1970, to an Israeli-Jewish father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State.
He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He received a diploma in Mass Communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.
He has since appeared in numerous films starring in the lead role and has been called “Lover-Boy” for his numerous roles in romantic films. He is also considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria.
Clem Ohameze – N1.8 Billion ($4.5 million)
Clem Ohameze is a Nigerian actor with two decades in acting. Clem Ohameze started professional acting in 1995. But his breakthrough role was in 1999 when he featured in a big-budget movie titled “ENDTIME“.
He has acted in over 500 movies in his 20-year career spanning 1995 to date and is set to feature in many more movies in the coming months.
Clem Ohameze was born on 27 June 1965 in Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria. He attended Holy Family College/ Baptist High School for his secondary education.
He moved on to study at the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu, Nigeria where he secured an Ordinary National Diploma in Mass Communication, and then the University of Port Harcourt where he graduated with a BSc in Sociology and Anthropology in 1989. He also studied at Buckingham University, London in 2010 and obtained a Masters in Preventive and Social Medicine.
Ohameze is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He briefly broke away from acting between 2006 and 2010 to pursue other interests including politics. He has since returned to his movie career after the break. In 2010, Ohameze starred in the award-winning movie Ije: The Journey alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.
John Okafor – N1.7 Billion ($4.2 million)
John Ikechukwu Okafor, (born 17 October 1961) popularly known as Mr. Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian.
He hails from Nkanu West L.G.A., Enugu State. After elementary school, in 1974, Okafor moved to Sapele to stay with his brother, after his father’s demise.
In Sapele, he did menial jobs so he could sponsor himself to school and support his family. He then worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography, and also worked in a company that produces crates.
After secondary school, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out due to financial difficulties. He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu as soon as he was financially able to.
He has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies including Mr. Ibu (2004), Mr. Ibu 2 (2005), Mr. Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr.Ibu in London (2005), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).
Mr Ibu also ventured into music. He did music for a short period of time. On October 15, 2020, he released his songs titled This Girl and Do You Know.
Nkem Owoh – N1.6 Billion ($4 million)
Nkem Owoh (born 7 February 1958) is a Nigerian actor and comedian. In 2008, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in the Nigerian film, “Stronger than Pain“.
Nkem Owoh was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary school, he headed to the University of Ibadan and studied Engineering. Already, during his university studies, Owoh began acting in various television and film productions.
Pete Edochie – N1.6 Billion ($4 million)
Chief Pete Edochie, (born March 7, 1947) is a Nigerian actor. Edochie is considered one of Nigeria’s most talented actors, being honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster.
He came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in a Nigerian Television Authority adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best-selling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo people of Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Edochie was born in Zaria, Kaduna State on March 7, 1947. He hails from Anambra State and is married to Josephine Edochie. He schooled at St. Patrick’s and St. James Primary School, Zaria, before proceeding to St. John’s College for his secondary education. He also schooled at the School of Journalism and Television in England.
Okechukwu Ukeje – N1.5 Billion ($3.7 million)
Okechukwu Ukeje, known as OC Ukeje is a Nigerian actor, model, and musician. He came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show.
He has received several awards including Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Nollywood Movies Awards, Best of Nollywood Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
He has been featured in several award-winning films including Two Brides and a Baby, Hoodrush, Alan Poza, Confusion Na Wa, and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Okechukwu Ukeje, a native of Umuahia Abia State, was born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is the second child of a family of three.
He attended Federal Government College Ijanikin, Ojo, Lagos. He began his career in acting from his first year at the University of Lagos, Yaba, with a lead role in a stage play. He went on to pursue both music and acting, focusing mainly on acting in stage plays for the first four years of his career before attempting and winning a reality TV show, Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO).
Chinedu Ikedieze – N1.4 Billion ($3.6 million)
Chinedu Ikedieze (born 12 December 1977) is a Nigerian actor, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for playing alongside Osita Iheme in the 2002 film “Aki na Ukwa“.
Chinedu completed his primary and secondary education in Aba, Abia State. After completing his secondary education he earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Theatre Arts and a degree in Mass Communication from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (IMT).
After completing his studies at IMT, he initially wanted to become a lawyer but pursued a career in film acting in 1998 and initially featured in lesser roles. He first acted in a minor role in the 1998 film Evil Men. He enrolled in the prestigious New York Film Academy in 2004.
He has featured in over 150 films in a career spanning over 20 years. He acted in the role of a kid in most of his films during his early career due to his stature and physical appearance. He is known as “Aki” for his performance in the film Aki na Ukwa.
In 2007, Ikedieze received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was also honored with the Order of the Federal Republic which was given by the then Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for his contributions to Nollywood and to the economic growth of the country.
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