Ever since Robert Johnson became the first African American to reach billionaire status, there has been a steady influx of African Americans striking it big. The man opened the door for many African Americans to follow suit. We have compiled a list of the richest African Americans in the world. Hope you enjoy it!
Here are some facts for you before we begin the list.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous personalities in the world and she boasts a net worth of $2.9 billion. She gained universal recognition as the talk show host of the immensely successful award-winning-show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She bears the nickname “Queen of all media”.
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Few can argue with Michael Jordan’s legendary status as the best basketball player in the history of the game. He possesses a net worth of $1 billion. The man played professional basketball for 15 seasons, managing successful stints at Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
Sean Combs is way past his prime when we talk about his rapping career, but the man continually manages to rake in huge profits. The African American has a net worth of $700 million and most of the revenues come from his record label Bad Boy Records.
Robert Johnson is the first African American to reach the elite status of a billionaire. Although, his net worth has descended sharply over the years, the man still has a fortune of $550 million. The man has established several companies in his career namely Black Entertainment Television, and The RLJ Companies etc.
Dr. Dre is a legendary figure in the music industry. The man possesses a net worth of $550 million and he has overseen the careers of superstars like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar etc. The doctor is also the founder and CEO of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment.
Arguably the greatest rapper of all time, Jay Z makes it to this list with his net worth of $520 million. The man has sold over 75 million records worldwide. He is also the recipient of 19 Grammy Awards.
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Widely heralded as the best golfer in the history, Tiger Woods has a net worth of $500 million. It is a pity that the man is now famous in the world for his cheating affairs rather than his golfing abilities. Tiger Woods has won 14 majors in his career so far.
Earvin Johnson Jr has a net worth of $500 million and he has accumulated most of his fortune through royalties and endorsement deals. The retired basketball player played professionally for 13 seasons and won 5 championships in his career.
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Sheila Johnson has a net worth of $400 million. The determined woman serves as the managing partner of the Washington Mystics. Sheila was married to the first African billionaire, Robert Johnson, for 33 years from 1969 to 2002.
The talented Bill Cosby has a net worth of $350 million. Besides being a comedian, Bill also dons the hat of an actor, author, educator and a musician. He initially gained global recognition for his TV show The Bill Cosby Show.