The incredible fortunes that these women have built up comes from years of hard work in the entertainment industry. If you want to know who the absolute richest black actresses are, take a look at these ten women who have earned more money than many would in their lifetime.
Halle Berry is a household name now after decades in the business. She started out in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, but has since moved on to playing in dozens of movies including X-Men, Swordfish, The Flinstones, Die Another Day, Monster’s Ball, Cloud Atlas, The Last Boy Scout, and more.
Phylicia Rashad is one of the largest names in theater for over four decades. She has starred in productions of August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Raisin In The Sun, Blue, and more. That being said, she is best known for playing Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Recently she has been starring in several Tyler Perry produced movies and stage performances.
Queen Latifah might have started out as a beat boxer and rapper for Tommy Boy records, but she has since moved on to performances in a number of films such as Jungle Fever, House Party 2, Juice, Set It Off, The Bone Collector, Taxi, Beauty Shop, and Stranger Than Fiction.
Whoopi Goldberg caught the attention of Steven Spielberg while performing on Broadway and now she has one of the most respected careers in film. She has found a balance between drama and comedy, acting in films such as Jumpin Jack Flash, The Color Purple, Ghost, The Long Walk Home, Sister Act, The Lion King, The Pagemaster, and countless more.
Raven-Symone got her start in The Cosby Show as Olivia Kendall, but she also starred in shows such as Hangin With Mr Cooper, and That’s So Raven, before moving on to movies with Dr Dolittle, The Cheetah Girls, and more. For her efforts, she has amassed a respectable fortune for such a young actress.
Angela Bassett started her career after graduating from Yale University’s drama school in the 1980s. After a period of instability in terms of work, she found success in the 90s and moved on to work in films such as Malcolm X, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Boyz In The Hood, Contact, Sunshine State, Olympus Has Fallen, and many, many more.
Vanessa Williams is another Cosby Show graduate on this list and also one of the longest working people on it. Her ancestors were slaves in Georgia, but she rose to have an incredibly successful acting career that has built her an incredible net worth.
Often known as the wife of Will Smith, Jada has her own large career that has covered both TV and film. From 21 Jump Street and Menace II Society all the way up to the Matrix Trilogy and Madagascar series, her career has covered a lot of ground and earned her a place as one of the highest grossing actresses.
Thandie Newton’s career has spanned both England and America, with an eclectic career that has spanned every genre. Movies like The Chronicles of Riddick, Mission: Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness, Run Fatboy Run, W, and ER have special places in many people’s hearts.
Rosario Dawson has a career that anyone would envy. Her place on this list of the richest black actresses is second only to the respectable career that she has built that includes Kids, Alexander, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Clerks II, and Rent.