Grass To Grace: Meet Tope Awotona, the Richest Nigerian in US with Same Net Worth as Femi Otedola

Jan 21, 2024 | Entertainment, News


  • Forbes has named Tope Awotona as the richest Nigerian immigrant residing in the United States of America
  • Awotona is the founder and CEO of the scheduling software company Calendly, and it has helped him amass over $1 billion
  • His company, Calendly, provides the service of helping customers efficiently schedule team meetings

Tope Awotona, a Nigerian-born entrepreneur, has risen to become the richest immigrant and Nigerian American residing in the United States.

According to Forbes, the 42-year-old, born in Lagos, Nigeria, and relocated to the US during his teenage years, holds a net worth of $1.2 billion.

Tope Awotona US residence
Tope Awotona, chief executive officer at Calendly
Photo credit: Rick Kern
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Who is Awotona?

Forbes reports that Awotona is the founder and CEO of Calendly, a company specialising in scheduling software, that helped him become a billionaire.

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He started the company to address the challenges he faced with time-consuming email exchanges required for meeting schedules, having previously worked as a salesman for tech firms like EMC (now Dell EMC).

For years, Awotona is said to have self-funded Calendly before successfully securing a significant $350 million investment in 2021, propelling the company’s valuation to $3 billion.

Background of Tope Awotona

Before establishing Calendly, Awotona had ventured into other businesses, such as a projector-selling venture and a garden tools enterprise, which did not succeed. The majority of his wealth, however, comes from the software he created.

A graduate of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Awotona resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his family.

Calendly, the software company he founded, is a business communication platform designed for teams to schedule, prepare, and follow up on external meetings efficiently. Also, it has the feature of monetising appointment booking.

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Femi Otedola becomes 4th richest man in Nigeria

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola has been ranked the 4th richest man in Nigeria amid bullish Nigerian stock performance.

According to the latest update of the Forbes Billionaire Index, Otedola has a net worth of $1.2 billion after making over $6 million on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

His new net worth placed him as the 2,353 richest man in the world.

Otedola is now behind only Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, and Abdulsamad Rabiu on the Forbes Billionaire list of richest men in Nigeria.

Source: Legit.ng





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