Popular Nigerian business magnet, Deinde Fernandez, died in Belgium recently.
Deinde Fernandez, a Nigerian Business tycoon, Diplomat, is dead. Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez (born 1936) was a Nigerian Business magnate, Diplomat and Permanent Representative of Central African Republic to the United Nations. He was one of the richest men in Africa.
He has been in diplomacy since 1996. In 1982, he served as advisor to the Angolan Government on Economic matter. He held this position for two years until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations in 1984.
Deinde Fernandez ran an oil company called Petro Inett which obtained a 50% share with South African-based Energy Africa Limited in a deal with the state oil company for exploration rights in a 4,700 km2 area of Angola’s coast in 1996. In 1992, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Matters, a position he held for three years.
He was formerly married to Aduke Fernandez, whom he divorced in July 2003 following a £ 300m divorce suit in Scotland filled on July 1, 2003 by her counsel. Lord Brodie presided over the case. He was asked by Aduke through her counsel, Charles Macnair QC, to compel Chief Fernandez to pay her a lump sum of £ 5m and an allowance of £75,000 monthly for 3 years but the case was dismissed by the court. She died in 2013. He married Halima in 2003.
He died in Belgium on the 1st of September, 2015.