Jim Ovia Biography, Life History, Award, Net Worth (Forbes) and all you need to know about the Zenith Bank Founder and one of the richest men in Africa.
Jím Ovia Life History
Jim Ovía was born on November 4, 1951 in Agbor, Delta State. He is a businessman of repute who in 1990, founded Zenith Bank.
Jim Ovia attended Southern University, Louisiana, USA where he bagged a B.Sc Degree in Business Administration in 1977.
He later attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he bagged his Masters degree in 1979.
Jim is an Alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Jim Ovia Career
After Founding Zenith Bank Plc in 1990, Jim Ovia became the pioneer Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer where he served as CEO until 2010.
Jim Ovia two decades of meritorious leadership build the bank reputation as one of the largest and most profitable banks in Africa.
He has since transferred into the Chairman role at Zenith Bank and the bank is growing fast.
As an accomplished banker with over three decades experience, Jim introduced a great deal of innovations into the Nigerian banking industry.
Ovia is also the Founder of Visafone Communications Limited, the Chairman of the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI)
Also Chairman, National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC).
He is a member of the Honorary International Investor Council as well as the member of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).
A member of the Governing Council of Lagos State University, Lagos and also member of the Board of Trustees, Redeemer’s University For Nations, Lagos.
He was a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (1999-2007).
Also served on the board of American International School, Lagos (2001 -2003)
Jim Ovia is a philanthropist and has headed numerous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) at various times.
This includes being the first President of the Nigeria Internet Group (2001-2003).
Also the founder and Chairman of Mankind United to Support Total Education (MUSTE).
A philanthropic organization focused on providing scholarship for the less privileged,which some beneficiaries are now qualified professionals.
Jim Ovia believed in the youth and founded the Youth Empowerment / ICT Foundation.
It focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youths by inspiring and motivating them to embrace ICT.
Having been around in the business sector for such a long time, he has over the years become one of the richest man in Africa.
Jim Ovia net worth currently stands at a whopping $980 million according to Forbes rating.