To some wealthy tycoons, making money comes easy, but spending it becomes a huge task. But for Nigerian super billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze, he has mastered both. Prince Eze, 74, —a royal blue blood of Ukpo community in Anambra State where his elder brother is the traditional ruler— may not have been listed officially on the Forbes list of the wealthiest Nigerians but those who really know the billionaire know for certain that he is undoubtedly a ‘certified multi-billionaire’ in hard currency.
The founder and CEO of Atlas Oranto Petroleum —an Oil Exploration and Production Company he founded in the early 1990s— is one of those ultra rich who seem to be having it excellent on all counts despite the current global economic challenges – all because he has invested, built companies, and improved the lives of many by providing jobs. For the Prince fondly called Oji-ego-eme-oji, he also understands the art of benevolence as he gives endlessly. And as he keeps giving, the returns on his ‘social investment’ triple in many folds.
Thus the oil tycoon never fails to reward himself with the best of things in life. As of 2020, the well-respected billionaire is said to have in garages of his palatial villas in Ukpo, Lagos and Abuja more than a dozen luxurious car brands including no fewer than five Rolls Royce and seven Maybach —all these vintage automobiles valued at over $30 million. Eze not only pampers himself with expensive autos but also shells out good money to acquire awesome luxury fly-birds. Recently, the oil tycoon splashed millions of dollars to add to his fleet the latest Gulfstream G450 Jet. Eze was said to have paid effortlessly the humongous amount to the American manufacturer for the 14 to 16 passenger-luxury jet —which travels up to 4350 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel— to ease his movement across the world and live his life to the fullest .
The business mogul —a graduate of chemical and mechanical engineering from the California State University, Long Beach, United States— has come a very long way. His Atlas Oranto Petroleum is reputed to be the largest privately held Exploration and Production Company. The company is said to be the largest holder of oil exploration blocks in Africa with about 22 oil and gas licences in 12 jurisdictions across Africa.