Flutterwave founder, Olugbenga Agboola, has purchased a luxury six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house in Miami Beach, United States for $7.1 million.
The property was previously owned by the Boschetti Group, a real estate development firm that purchased the plot for $1.2 million in 2021 and built the home last year.
Despite being a non-waterfront property, the house commanded a premium price, reflecting the recent trend of skyrocketing demand and prices for South Florida real estate, Business Insider reported.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a migration of affluent individuals and families to the area, driving up demand for historically less expensive non-waterfront properties.
Agboola founded Flutterwave, a fintech startup, in 2016 with the goal of improving the payments infrastructure for banks and global businesses. The fintech startup has since raised $474.5 million in funding and achieved a valuation of $3 billion last year.
Agboola’s contributions to technological advancement were recognised when he received the Nigerian National Honour Medal of the Officer of the Order of Niger in October 2022.
However, Flutterwave has recently faced challenges related to security and regulatory compliance. This week, hackers reportedly transferred over $4 million from Flutterwave accounts in Nigeria.
Though the company in a statement denied the news, it emerged that its legal counsel reported the incident to the authorities, and Flutterwave sought to freeze accounts holding the stolen funds. While Flutterwave denied reports that it was hacked and that users lost funds, the incident served as a reminder of the importance of robust security measures for fintech companies.