Skip to main content

Tope Awotona

Created by
Tope Awotona

Born: c. 1981, Lagos, Nigeria;

Occupation: Businessman;

Position: Founder & CEO;

Company: Calendly LLC;

Industry: Computer Software;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: Nigerian, American;

Net worth (2022/04): USD $1.4 Billion;

Tope Awotona, is the billionaire Founder & CEO of Calendly LLC, since February 2013. He is the first Nigerian American to become a billionaire in the United States of America.

Mr. Awotona founded Calendly in 2013 with the vision of simplifying scheduling for everyone without the back-and-forth emails. He invested his life savings of $200,000 into the company while still working as a sales rep for EMC. With Mr. Awotona’s strategic direction, the platform has grown and evolved to over 10 million monthly users and surpassing $100 million in revenue in 2021.

The company raised $350 million in funding from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq Capital at a price that values the business at $3 billion. He is the majority owner of the company's shares, which are worth at least $1.4 billion according to Forbes. Calendly has been profitable since its third year in business.

“I just know the country that produced me,” he explained to TechCrunch. “There are a million Topes in Nigeria. The difference for me was my parents. But I’m not a diamond in the rough, and I want to get involved in some way to help with that full potential.”

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Married
  • Grew up in Lagos , Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with his family as a teenager.
  • Credits his parents as his greatest role model.
  • Father was a microbiologist and serial entrepreneur.
  • His mother was co-owner of a small pharmacy while working as a manager at the Nigerian Central Bank.
  • When he was 12 years old, his father was murdered in a carjacking.
  • He graduated high school at just 15 years old.
  • After starting Calendly entirely with his own money, he began seeking VC funding but no VC wanted to invest. Instead of giving up he persevered by learning to stretch his money.
  • He plans to return to Nigeria and help contribute to developing more entrepreneurs like himself.

Work Experience

  • CEO & Founder, Calendly
  • Named Enterprise Account Manager, EMC
  • National Account Manager, Carrier & MGA Markets, Vertafore
  • Account Executive, Perceptive Software
  • Tivoli Software Sales Rep, IBM

Board and Advisor Roles

  • Board Member, SalesLoft


  • Bachelor, Management Information Systems, University of Georgia - Terry College of Business, 2002.

Please Support Our Partners

If You Like Our Content, Please Consider Making A Small $5 Donation.

Featured Profiles

This week's selection of outstandng Black executives

  • Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

    Created by

    Born: July 6, 1975, South Jamaica, New York;

    Occupation: Businessman, musician, television producer, actor;

    Position: Founder;

    Company: Sire…

  • Marian Croak

    Created by

    Dr. Marian Rogers Croak is Vice President of Google's Research Center for Responsible AI and Human Centered Technology, which is responsible for…

  • Mohammed Ibrahim

    Created by

    Born: May 3, 1946, Sudan;

    Position: Founder and Chairman;

    Company: Satya Capital Ltd.;

    Industry: Investment Funds;

    Residence: United Kingdom; …

  • Robert L. Johnson

    Created by

    Date of Birth: April 8, 1946, in Hickory, Mississippi;

    Occupation: Businessman;

    Education: University of Illinois, BA, 1968; Princeton University,…

Recently Added Black Executives

  • Mariam Jimoh upperbody shot

    Created by

    Mariam Jimoh is the founder and CEO of Oja, a grocery delivery service that picks up & delivers produce from local ethnic grocery stores to customers.…

  • Danyel Surrency Jones headshot

    Danyel Surrency Jones, is the head of Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator (BBA) program, which aims to empower Black entrepreneurs with financial…

  • Tia Silas headshot

    Created by

    Tia Silas is the Chief Talent Officer of Shopify, a Canadian e-commerce company. She oversees Culture, Internal Operations, Employee Experience &…

Latest News & Articles

Recently Updated Profiles

  • Michael Lee-Chin

    Created by

    Born: January 3, 1951, Port Antonio, Jamaica;

    Occupation: Businessperson;

    Company: Portland Holdings Inc.;

    Position: Founder, Executive…

  • LeBron James

    Created by

    Born: December 30, 1984, Akron, Ohio;

    Occupation: Businessman, Professional Athlete;

    Position: Co-Founder;

    Company: SpringHill Company; …

  • Tiger Woods

    Created by

    Born: December 30, 1975, Cypress, California;

    Occupation: Businessman, Professional Athlete;

    Position: Founder, CEO;

    Company: TGR Ventures; …

FTC: Black Entrepreneur & Executive Profiles is reader supported, we may earn income on affiliate links. You support us by using our links to buy products, it will cost you nothing extra.

We also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Learn more...