Who are the richest African Americans in the world? With a tough history of poverty and discrimination, African Americans have become an integral part of America since the abolition of slavery in the country. Despite being sufferers of historic and persisting social injustice, African Americans have been able to attain outstanding heights in many fields thanks to their impeccable insights, talents and passion.
Here we list the top 10 richest African Americans in the world. These guys have been able to gain global attention with their passionate works and awe-striking visions. Let’s learn more about their work and wealth.
The reigning pop queen of America, Beyonce is world renowned for her honey-blending voice and dance moves that have earned her the respect of the world. With chart-topping singles like “Crazy in love”, “Baby Boy”, “Single Ladies” and many more, Beyonce has been a stable face of the American Music Industry.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter has accumulated a large amount of wealth from her evergreen successful musical journey. She is worth about $450 million as of 2015. Starting out as a member of the band, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce tasted success and wealth even after she started her single career. She is a multiple-times Grammy-winning lady, who is also listed as the most powerful female musician of 2015 by Forbes.
9. Magic Johnson
Earvin Johnson Jr., better known as Magic Johnson is a retired basketball player who played for Los Angeles Lakers. This former NBA player was a gold medalist in Olympics and has won many titles in basketball championships in his career.
Other than his NBA career, Johnson has been piling up his wealth with vigorous involvement in businesses ranging from Starbucks franchise to insurance, food services, healthcare etc. Other than this, he has shown prominence in social works as a motivational speaker and a social activist. His wealth is estimated at $500 million
8. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has made millions of her audience dance along the grove of her songs. Selling more than 200 million albums worldwide, Carey is the best-selling female artist in the history of Billboard charts. With millions in fan-base all over the world, Mariah has been a stable and well-reputed singer in the American music industry.
With a historic $100 million recording contract with Virgin, Mariah has been a highly successful singer as well as one of the richest African American in the world. The value of her wealth is estimated at $520 million.
7. Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson made a name as a business magnate when he founded Black Entertainment Television (BET). He sold BET to Viacom in 2007 for an astounding amount of $3 billion; becoming the first African American male billionaire. Later, he founded The RLJ Companies, a holding company involved in different business sectors. Johnson is worth about $600 million.
6. Tiger Woods
American professional golfer, Tiger Woods is a veteran who has made his name as one of the best golfers in the world. Tiger has earned a lot of money from his golfing career along with the endorsements for highly reputed brands like Nike which amounts to $1.3 billion.
With some loss that occurred to him due to reported infidelity, Woods did not make it as a billionaire but still is one of the richest African Americans. He is also a founder of Tiger Woods Foundation that deals with the promotion of golf in the inner-city areas. The man is worth $740 million.
The financially successful rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, Jay-Z has been in the American music industry for many years now. He has been an inspiration to many newcomers who have already made names in the industry.
Jay-Z is the founder of a company named Roc Nation which has different branches that deal with sports and entertainment. He is a fully-qualified sports agent and is also a minority owner of NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. It is believed the rapper is worth as much as $810 million.
Sean Combs, better known by the stage name, P.Diddy is an immensely successful American rapper, record producer, actor and a businessman. The multiple-time Grammy winner has been able to pile up his wealth with his musical talents and wise business decisions all the while.
He is a 50 percent shareholder of Ciroc vodka, which he helped to develop. Along with a major stake in Revolt TV and other ventures, Sean has become financially successful to the extent that he is one of the richest African Americans. He is worth about $820 million.
3. Dr Dre
Dr Dre is a well-known American rapper and entrepreneur who made most of his fortune from the headphone line, Beats by Dre. This headphone accounts for more than 65% of total headphones sales in the world. He is the founder and current CEO of entertainment company Aftermath Entertainment.
The six-time Grammy winner is regarded as one of the highest earning black personalities; he is worth about $830 million.
2. Michael Jordan
Michal Jordan is a former NBA player and the first athlete in the history to become a billionaire. Michael has been referred to as the greatest basketball player of all time and, has been credited for the popularization of NBA all over the world in the 80s and 90s.
Jordan is a rigorous businessman who has found financial success in his ventures and endorsements. His shoe line with Nike named Air Jordan has been the highest selling sneaker brand in the athletic field. He is also a proud owner of Charlotte Hornets. He is worth about $1.39 billion.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is considered to be one of the most influential women in the world and was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2013. Her strong contributions to the society and media, towards equality and freedom, has paid her a lot; earning her much admiration and wealth. She is the first African American to become a billionaire and was the first and only one in the 20th century. Her wealth is valued at $3.1 billion.
For a long and hard fight for their recognition and equality in their own nation, these African Americans have gone a long way to take charge of their fate and have surely inspired millions of people across the globe.