Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa. He has held that record for a couple of years now. He is now accustomed to being called wealthy but there was a time that even he was amazed and bemused at the riches he had amassed.

Yes, he had to make sure that he was really that wealthy! He told a stunned audience that he had once withdrawn 10 million dollars (1 billion shillings) from his bank account so he could stare at it!

In an interview on Saturday, April 6, the Nigerian business magnate told an interesting tale of how the beginning of his journey to wealth had been littered with some doubt, on his part concerning the money he actually had.

He said:

After a year or so, I realised that I had much more, and I said ok, fine, all these numbers are just written numbers. 

Dangote was curious about whether the money in his bank account could actually be converted into physical money? He added:

One day, I cashed 10 million dollars (Ksh. 1 billion), put it in the boot of my car I put it in my room. I looked at it and thought ‘now I believe I have money’ and took it back to the bank the next day.

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Aliko Dangote: Courtesy/BBC

His anecdote got a lot of hilarious reactions from internet users. Some of the comments are below:

Baby Boy 1f466 - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!1f3fe - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!1f31a - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!: I saw this thing on IG earlier Bro!!!!! I started praying

1f64f - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!1f3fe - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!iamlikwat: “When You’ve money you don’t carry money” I like that 1f604 - Aliko Dangote once withdrew 1 billion shillings just to stare at it!
i am JOSHUA: Listen closely…in everything you do, always have a target and how you can achieve it and pass it. You can have so much money and still not know you are rich” (Being rich is a mindset)

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