Top Richest Lawyers In Nigeria (2019)

Legal profession is one of the most prestigious professions in Nigeria. But even at this, Nigerian Lawyers are known to be one of the poorest educated people in the country. Well, I didn’t create this article to discounter that popular belief because, it is even apparent that Nigerian layers are not poor. Today, I will be disclosing the top 11 richest lawyers in Nigeria 2019. These lawyers are lawyers who have greatly shown their outstanding quality in litigation, dispute resolution and other facets of their profession.

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So, if you have been searching for the richest lawyers in Nigeria this 2019, then you are in the right place. I enjoin you to kindly sit and read this article carefully, as I will vividly typify the richest and most successful lawyers in Nigeria today. Here we go!

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List of the richest Lawyers in Nigeria

  1. Adewunmi Ogunsanya – $250 million.
  2. Afe Babalola – $500 million.
  3. Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim – $200 million.
  4. Wole Olanipekun – $122 million.
  5. Gbenga Oyebode – $120 million.
  6. Tunde Folawiyo – $700 million.
  7. John Olatunde – $600 million.
  8. Festus keyamo – $230 million.
  9. Femi Falana – $36 million.
  10. Adewale Tinubu -$800 million.
  11. Mr. Wale Babalakin – $80 million.

Currently, those are the richest and most successful lawyers in Nigeria. Note that the list above is not arranged in any particular order. Meanwhile, if you need more details about the richest lawyers in Nigeria, I enjoin you to continue reading this article, as I will throw more light on the source of wealth of the above lawyers.

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Adewunmi Ogunsanya – $250 million

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Adewunmi Ogunsanya is one of the most richest lawyers in Nigeria. He studied Law in the University of Kent, where he obtain his law degree. Adewunmi Ogunsanya returned to Nigeria in 1984. He went to Nigerian law school, and was allowed to practice law in Nigeria since then. As a matter of fact, Adewunmi Ogunsanya is now a renowned SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria).

Currently, Adewunmi Ogunsanya SAN is the principal partner of the law firm, Messrs Ogunsanya & Ogunsanya. It is one of the top law firms in Nigeria. His late father, chief Adebayo Ogunsanya is a one time president of NBA (Nigerian Bar Association). No doubt, Adewunmi Ogunsanya is one of the richest lawyers in Nigeria today.

Afe Babalola – $500 million

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Afe Babalola is also one of the most successful lawyers in Nigeria. He is the founder of the prestigious Afe Babalola University. Afe Babalola was born in 1929 at Ekiti state, Nigeria. He is a farmer, lawyer, educationalist and an educational administrator. After studying in London, Afe Babalola returned to Nigeria. He worked for the central bank of Nigeria for some time and returned back to London, where he obtained his bachelor degree in law.

History shows that Afe Babalola was nicknamed “the England bar” when he returned back to Nigeria in 1963. No doubt; he is one of the successful lawyers in Nigeria today. Afe Babalola has won the CON, OFR and SAN award.

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Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim – $200 million

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Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim was born at Lagos in 24 February 1967. He is a renowned lawyer in Nigeria. Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim studied at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), where he obtain his bachelor degree in Law. He also studied at Harvard university, where he obtain a combined Master of law and Master in International taxation degree.

Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim is a Lawyer, Politician and also a business man. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Global Fleet Group. Barr. Jimoh Ibrahim is indeed, a rich and successful lawyer.

Wole Olanipekun – $122 million


Wole Olanipekun was born at Ekiti State, Nigeria in November 1951. He is a practicing lawyer and an activist in Nigeria. Wole Olanipekun studied Laws at the prestigious University of Lagos (Popularly called UNILAG). He is a SAN (Senior Advocate Of Nigeria) and a one time president of NBA (Nigerian Bar Association).

It is evident. Wole Olanipekun is one of the richest and most successful lawyers in Nigeria this year.

Gbenga Oyebode – $120 million

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Gbenga Oyebode is another rich lawyers in Nigeria. He was born in March 30, 1959. Gbenga studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Ife. He is one of the partners of Management Board of Aluko & Oyebode.

Currently, Gbanga is the Chairman of CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd. and Okomu Oil Palm plc. He has been awarded Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN). I think it It is undoubtedly true that Gbenga Oyebode is one of the richest lawyers in Nigeria.

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Tunde Folawiyo – $650 million

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Tunde Folawiyo is a lawyer and an economist. He is currently the managing director of the prestigious Yinka Folawiyo Group. He studied law at the University College of Landon, where he obtained his LLB degree. Tunde was called to the England bar in 1985. He returned to Nigeria to practice law, but he stopped after some time. Today, Tunde Folawiyo is basically into business now. Though, he is still recognised as a lawyer in Nigeria.

Through this good will, Tunde has won so many prestigious awards in Nigeria and abroad. If you have been thinking of who the richest lawyers in Nigeria are, Tunde is one of them.

John Olatunde – $600 million

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John Olatunde is a lawyer, business man and a well known investor. He was born in April 4th, 1967. John studied law at the prestigious Amadu Bello University (ABU). He has been a legal practitioner for more than 20year now. He was called to bar in 1991.

Just like other lawyers mentioned above, John’s main source of income is business. Nevertheless, he is still recognised in the Nigerian bar. Currently, John Olatunde is the chairman of JKK (Nigeria) Plc and Temple Resources Ltd. He holds board position in other prestigious companies in Nigeria. It is clear at its face, that John Olatunde is one of the successful lawyers in Nigeria.

Festus keyamo – $230 million

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Festus keyamo is not just a lawyer, he is a very prestigious SAN (Senior Advocate Of Nigeria). He was born in 1970 at Delta state, Nigeria. Festus went to Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, where he obtained his LLB in Law. He was further called to the Nigerian bar in 1993 and since then, he has been practicing law.

Festus is indeed a successful lawyer. Record shows that he was the opposing lawyer in the case against Apostle Suleman Johnson in 2017. This it to tell you that he is not just a lawyer. He is a successful and rich lawyer. Festus won the Global Human Rights Award some years ago.

Femi Falana – $36 million.

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Well, if you don’t know this lawyer, then you don’t any lawyer in Nigeria. Femi Falana is the father of one of the most respected Nigerian singer, “Falz the badh guy”. Femi was born in 1958 at Lagos state Nigeria. He contested for governorship election in 2007, but he loosed the election. That notwithstanding, Femi is still one of the richest and most successful lawyers we have in Nigeria. He is into legal practice and business too.

Adewale Tinubu – $368 million

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Adewale Tinubu is a lawyer and a popular business man. He began his legal career in 1991 as an attorney. Adewale obtained his LLB abroad and returned to study law in Nigerian law school. He specializes in petroleum and cooperate law.

Today, Adewale Tinubu is the co-founder of Ocean and Oil Limited. He played significant role in the establishment of the popular Oando company in Nigeria. Adewale is the national leader of APC (All progressive Congress). No doubt, he is one of the richest and most successful lawyers in Nigeria today.

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Mr. Wale Babalakin – $80 million

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Mr. Wale Babalakin is a lawyer, business man and a philanthropist. He is a well recognized SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria). Wale was born at Oyo state, Nigeria in 1960. He obtained his law degree at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1982.

Currently, Wale works at Stabilini Visinoni Limited. He has many other investments across Nigeria where he works. For his good will and prestige, he was appointed by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo as a member of the National Political Reforms committee in 1979. Wale is currently married with some children.

Okay! There you have the richest lawyers in Nigeria 2019. I hope this article will encourage young student lawyers and newly enrolled lawyers, to keep read and practicing. Legal practice is very lucrative. I mean, you can see for yourself. Meanwhile, if you have any question concerning the richest and most successful lawyers listed in this article, do well to let me know using the comment section. I will be glad to help you out.

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Samuel Edeh is a professional and ardent blogger. He is a law student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Samuel is sole bent on disseminating authentic education news to every part of the world.

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