Thursday, 3 September 2015

Meet the Nigerian Who is Floyd Mayweather's Favorite Supercar Dealer

Obi Okeke is a major car dealer in the USA who has clients across the United States.
He first came to the United States as a 5-year-old refugee during the Nigerian Civil War in 1967.

Born of a Nigeria father and mother from Ohio, Obi was fortunate to leave the then war torn Nigeria with his mother to the US.

According to Business insider, Obi Okeke who is now 53years of age, after four decades of his life, is now a is a fixture in the luxury automobile industry, dealing in cars that cost millions and selling to clients like Floyd Mayweather.

After Completing his high school in Switzerland where he discovered great cars and developed a love for European wheels, he came back to the US and started college at Northeastern University in Boston, although he did not graduate from the school.

At 21 years old, Okeke conducted the first of many car his deals which paid off for him after he purchased a BMW 323i Alpina and was able to sell it for a profit of nearly four times what he paid.

He later worked his way up to the status of a car dealer of super cars of luxury brands  from Chevy to Dodge to Volkswagen to Lexus to BMW to Mercedes — and his last stop was Ferrari-Maserati as the general manager of Ferrari-Maserati in Calabasas, California,

 In 2012 he co-founded Fusion Luxury Motors in North Los Angeles with a man named Yoel Wazana. Fusion Luxury Motors is a specialty dealership that sells cars that are geared for collectors currently in its inventory, car prices range from $49,000 to $3.8 million.

Okeke said, "When you're in the business for as long as I've been, you meet a lot of people. When I came here, people knew about me. I've been very fortunate to build a deep client database for finding cars."

Mayweather is easily Okeke's biggest-name client. He says Mayweather will stop in about once a month just to see what's available and if there is anything he wants to buy.

Mayweather has bought at least 40 cars from Okeke. Most recently, Mayweather purchased a Koenigsegg CCXR Triveta from Okeke for $4.8 million, according to the boxer's Instagram. Okeke confirmed the purchase but could not disclose the price.

When he started in car sales, he said it wasn't for financial reasons, it was simply to be surrounded by cars.

"Once I found out I was good at what I was doing, I really just wanted to get to the top," Okeke said. "I didn't know how to, but I just kept trying and trying."

Personally, Okeke is satisfied with being around cars all day at work and helping others find the car of their dreams.

Business Insider
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