Chinedu Echeruo, A Nigerian, made $1bn from sale of apps firm to Apple


Chinedu Echeruo, founder of is now $1 billion richer courtesy of the sale of his company to Apple. makes mobile applications for both iOS and Android that covers over 300 cities and helps people get directions or find nearby subway stations and bus stops.

With the sale, Echeruo is now the chairman of the Board for HopStop which has been compared to Israel’s Waze, recently acquired by Google for $1 billion but terms of the deal with Apple is yet to be disclosed.

A former analyst at Investment Bank and Hedge Funds, Echeruo founded HopStop in 2005. He grew up in Eastern Nigeria and attended Kings College, Lagos.

He later proceeded to Syracuse University and the Harvard Business School in the United States and founded after working for several years in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase where he was involved in a broad range of M&A, Financing and Private Equity transactions.

According Chinedu, ‘there is no reason for entrepreneur to reinvent the wheel every single time in all the countries in Africa.

‘My idea is to essentially have one place where a budding entrepreneur can access a template for starting a business, and then customize it to suit their own situation; essentially, a business-in-a-box.’

Chinedu Echeruo is a young enterprising technology entrepreneur who plies his trade in the United States of America.  He recently caused a stir in the tech world with the news that Apple acquired an online application which he developed for a whopping US$1 billion.  The application which has effectively admitted this Nigerian to the elite league of billionaires in dollar terms, is is a mobile and online application that provides mass transit directions door-to-door mass transit, taxi, walking, biking and hourly car rental directions in major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S., Canada, U.K, France, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. In 2001, HopStop was named one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the US by Inc. magazine.

Chinedu Echeruo also founded, an interactive travel referral service focused on connecting travelers with travel specialists which was later acquired by USA Today Travel Media Group.



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