CelebrityNetWorth Website Now Downgrades Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan’s worth After Threat. The CelebrityNetWorth, the website which provided the “thoroughly researched” material for the story that President Goodluck Jonathan is the sixth richest African president, at $100 million, now says the Nigeria leader is worth only a miserly $10million.
The controversy began with a feature by another website, RichestLifestyle, which put Mr. Jonathan’s net worth at $100 million, using an estimate published by CelebrityNetWorth.
Threatened with a lawsuit by the Nigerian leader last week, RichestLifestyle deleted the story. In its place, the website indicated that the source of the material was the California-based CelebrityNetWorth.In a statement, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati declared that President Jonathan’s net worth was “a very, very far cry from the $100 million,” and threatened to sue all the publishers of the story at home and abroad.
It would appear that following the deletion of the story by RichestLifeStyle on Thursday, CelebrityNetWorth began to feel the heat, leading to its revision of the material sometime last weekend, even using some of the language by the spokesman. The revised material reads, in part: “Goodluck Jonathan is a Nigerian politician who has a net worth of $10 million…Upon being elected Vice President in May 2007, Dr. Jonathan voluntarily revealed his estimated personal wealth. At the time, Dr. Jonathan’s 2007 net worth was reportedly equal to just over $8.5 million US dollars. Dr. Jonathan has since been criticized for not making more frequent public declarations of his wealth. Some reports have even claimed that Dr. Jonathan’s personal net worth could be as high as $250 million. In October 2014, a Presidential spokesman disputed these higher end estimates and maintained that he ‘regularly declares his assets as required by Nigerian laws’.” SEE MORE ON PAGE 2