Jim Ovia


Jim Ovia is a Promoter and Founder of Visafone Communications Limited.

Ovia founded Zenith Bank Group, one of Nigeria’s largest financial services groups, with a market capitalization of more than $4 billion. He is the bank’s largest individual shareholder, with a 9% stake.

Ovia owns prime properties in upmarket Nigerian neighborhoods like Victoria Island and Ikoyi.

Ovia has partnered with Marriott to build a new five star hotel in Lagos.

Ovia is the Proprietor of the University of Information and Communication Technology, Agbor, Delta State.

He serves as the Pioneer President of Nigeria Internet group (NIG).

Ovia has over 23 years of Bank experience.

He was the Co-Founder of Zenith Bank plc and served as its Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2010.

He joined IMB as a Financial Analyst in 1980 and moved to the management centre in 1987.

He headed the Corporate Finance department of Merchant Bank of Africa from 1987 to 1990.

His interest in computers was picked in 1977 when he worked as a part-time Computer Operator at Baton Rouge & Trust Company in Louisiana.

Ovia serves as the Chairman of Quantum Luxury Properties Limited. He serves as a Director of Africa Finance Corporation.

He served as a Director of Zenith Bank until July 2010.

He served as a Director at Transnational Corporation of Nigeria.

He is a motivational Speaker and an avid Iinformation and Communications Technology (ICT) professional.
He is a holder the Member of the Order of Federal Republic (MFR).

Ovia holds a BSc Degree in Business Administration from the Southern University, Louisiana, US (1977), an MBA from University of Louisiana, US in 1979 and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston, US.

Ovia is ranked in the Forbes Africa’s Top 50 Richest People.

Ovia’s current net worth is about $900 million.


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