Richest Black People in America
- David L Steward $ 7 billion Saint Louis married to Black Woman
In 1990, Steward, Jim Kavanaugh and others founded World Wide Technology, a leading systems integrator that provides technology products, services and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe. In 1993, WWT concentrated its focus on the implementation of enterprise wide imaging, conversion services, and telecommunication networks. These integrated solutions have greatly enhanced WWT’s overall market position and long term viability.
In 1999 World Wide Technology spun off its telecommunications division to form Telcobuy.com. Sales for the two companies continued to grow, although revenues slipped in 2002 as World Wide Technology felt the impact of the technology recession. In 2003 combined reported revenues passed $1 billion, and Steward formed World Wide Technology Holding Company as the parent company for the two firms.
2. Oprah Winfrey $4 billion Chicago not married, but has Black partner
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, andphilanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history,She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.
3. Robert F Smith $3 billion Denver New York and San Francisco married to White woman
Smith runs Vista Equity Partners, an Austin, Texas-based firm with $15 billion.According to Forbes, Vista invests in companies that design software that keep businesses running. Over the last 15 years, the firm has invested in companies in the fields of cybersecurity, property and casualty insurance and advertising. Vista’s investments often yield a 30 percent annual return and Smith owns a 50 percent stake in the company, which was recently valued at $4.3 billion.
4. Kase Lawal $3 billion Houston married to Black Woman
Lawal was born June 30, 1954 in Ibadan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Texas Southern University in 1976, and his MBA from Prairie View A&M University, Texas in 1978. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of CAMAC International Corporation, chairman and chief executive officer of CAMAC Energy Inc, and chairman of Allied Energy Corporation in Houston, Texas, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, CAMAC HOLDINGS; vice chairman, Port of Houston Authority Commission. He also serves as a member of the board of directors and is a significant shareholder in Unity National Bank, the only federally insured and licensed African-American-owned bank in Texas. Lawal was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council and, in 1994, he was a finalist for the United States Business Entrepreneur of the Year. Lawal is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
5. Michael V Roberts $1.5 billion Saint Louis married to Black woman
6. Donald V Watkins $1.5 billion Birmingham married to Black woman
Watkins was a longtime attorney and confidant of Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr., creator of what some argue was the most powerful political machine outside Chicago.
In 2005, Watkins became the only litigator to successfully defend a NYSE company CEO against Sarbanes-Oxley charges, a legal victory profiled in both Fortune magazine and National Law Journal.
In March 2012, Watkins signed an exclusive contract with the government of Namibia to mine uranium for sale to nuclear power stations worldwide. In July 2012, Watkins’ Namibian-based energy services company was awarded a petroleum exploration license by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy
7. Andre Jackson $1.5 billion Born in Paris lives in Miami and Angola ?
André Action Diakité Jackson (Arabic: أندريه جاكسون), (born July 19, 1964), more commonly known by his African clan name “M’Zée Fula-Ngenge” (pronounced [mze:] [fu:la] [ng’eing’ei]), is a French diamond industrialist and head of JFPI Corporation, Africa’s largest holding company.
Jackson is the world’s first diamond manufacturer of African descent and is also the architect and Chairman of both the African Diamond Council (ADC) and the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), the two umbrella bodies representing diamond-producing countries in Africa. [3
8. Dr. Dre $1.4 billion Los Angeles married to Multiracial Woman
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner of, and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, includingSnoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2014, Dr. Dre was ranked as the second richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $550 million. And, Forbes also ranked him as the highest paid musician, at $620 million dollars in 2014.Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap groupN.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Ride“. That same year he produced Death Row labelmate Snoop Dogg‘s quadruple platinum debut Doggystyle.In 1996, he left Death Row Records to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. He produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999. During the 2000s, he focused on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to songs. Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2002 respectively, while contributing production on their albums. He has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day. Rolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time”.
9. Janet Jackson $1.3 billion Gary Indiana (Chicago area) married to Arab/Middle Eastern man
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television roles, and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.
After signing a recording contract with A&M in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control(1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk,disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio airplay and MTV, she was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.
In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her debut album under the label, Janet (1993), saw her develop a public image as a sex symbolas she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. She has amassed an extensive catalog of hits, with singles such as “Nasty“, “Rhythm Nation“, “If“, “That’s the Way Love Goes“, “Together Again” and “All for You” among her most iconic.
Having sold over 140 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. TheRecording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, placing her at number seven, while in 2010, ranking her fifth among the “Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.” In March 2014 Fuse listed Jackson as the third most awarded musician of all-time. In November 2014, Jackson was voted ‘Queen of Pop’ by a poll conducted online by VH1.com. One of the world’s most awarded artists, her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers
10. Michael Jordan $1.2 billion Chicago married to White woman/formerly married to Black woman
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professionalbasketball player, entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. He played 15 seasons in theNational Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a three-season career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels’ national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA’s Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line inslam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness“. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a “three-peat“. Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards.
Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press‘s list of athletes of the century. He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame – in 2009 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team (“The Dream Team”).
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying controlling interest in 2010.
11. Robert Johnson $ 1 billion Washington,D.C area married to Black woman/divorced
Robert L. (Louis) Johnson is an American businessman, media magnate, executive, philanthropist and investor. He is the founder of Black Entertainment Television, which was sold to Viacom in 2001. He also founded The RLJ Companies, a holding company that invests in various business sectors.
The RLJ Companies was founded as a network of companies in 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland by Robert L. Johnson, who became famous for founding BET. One of the companies in Johnson’s network is the largest African-American owned hotel investment company in the country. RLJ currently owns 142 hotels in major markets in North America, with more than 29,000 guest rooms and a portfolio value in excess of $2 billion.
12. R. Donahue Peebles $1 billion Washington, D.C area and Miami married to White woman
R. Donahue Peebles is a real estate entrepreneur, author and political activist. Peebles is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Peebles Corporation, the largest African American-owned real estate development and ownership company in the US, with a multi-billion dollar development portfolio of luxury hotels, high-rise residential and commercial properties in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami Beach, and it was recently awarded its first project in the city of Boston
13. Sean P Diddy Combs $915 million to $ 1 billion New York City formerly married to Black woman/divorced
also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Records in 1993. He signed The Notorious B.I.G. and profited from the success of the artists he signed. He released his debut album No Way Out in 1997, which has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues… (2001) and Press Play (2006). In 2009 Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010).
Combs has won two Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV‘s Making the Band. His non-music business ventures include the clothing lines Sean John and “Sean by Sean Combs” – for which he earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award – a movie production company, and two restaurants.
14. Shawn Jay Z Carter $810 million to $ 1 billion New York City married to Black woman
is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in. ] He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006. Three of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003), are considered landmarks in the genre with all of them featured in Rolling Stone ’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
As an entrepreneur and investor, Jay Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 13. Jay Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. On December 11, 2009, Jay Z was ranked as the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
15. Janice Bryant Howroyd $610 – $1 billion Los Angeles married to White man
Howroyd started the staffing firm Act-1 in 1978 and acts as CEO. The employment services agency generates annual revenues approaching $1 billion. She is also an active philanthropist, donating to a variety of charities and universities.
16. Victor B MacFarlane (Unconfirmed $1billion) San Francisco married to Black woman
The San Francisco based MacFarlane Partners was founded by Victor B. MacFarlane in 1987. To date, the company has $4 billion in real estate assets and $6 billion in managed properties. The company has properties located on both the east and west coasts but the bulk of the company’s properties are located in California.
17. Byron Allen (Rumored net worth $1 billion) from Detroit lives in Los Angeles married to White woman
18. Magic Johnson net worth $800 million from Lansing, Michigan lives in Los Angeles married to Black woman
19. Tiger Woods $700 billion from Cypress, California lives in Jupiter, Florida divorced formerly married to White Woman
20. Floyd Mayweather net worth $650 million from Grand Rapids, Michigan lives in Las Vegas
21. Tyler Perry $600 million from New Orleans lives in Atlanta
He has built his brand into one of the most powerful in Hollywood. For his hard work, Tyler Perry has amassed a fortune of $400 million. With recent deals with Oprah’s OWN TV already proving to be lucrative, Perry seems as if he’s looking to be the richest man in Hollywood.
22. Mariah Carey $525 million from New York lives in New York
23. Master P $ 500 million from New Orleans lives in Los Angeles
24. Beyonce – $500 million from Houston lives in New York
25. Russell Simmons $400 million
26. Ulysess Bridgeman $400 million from East Chicago, Indiana (Chicago area) lives in Louisville, Kentucky
Bridgeman was a shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks before he entered the fast food industry. After his NBA career, he bought five Wendy’s franchises that would eventually end up to be 161 in total. He also owns 118 Chili’s restaurants.
27. Sheila Johnson Lee $400 million
She is the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television along with ex-husband Robert Johnson.
27. Birdman (Brian Williams) $400 from New Orleans lives in Miami Beach
28. Berry Gordy $350 million
29. Bill Cosby net worth $345 million
30. Quentin Primo III $300 million from Rochester, New York lives in Chicago married to Black Woman
Primo is the CEO of Capri Capital Partners. His education includes an MBA from the Harvard Business School and bachelor of science degree in finance with honors from Indiana University. Capri Capital was founded in 1992 with his friend Daryl Carter. The company has $2.7 billion in real-estate assets.
Chicago – 4
Washington,D.C – 3
New York 2 –
Los Angeles – 2
Saint Louis – 2
Houston – 2