There are a lot of billionaires in the world but only 1% billionaires are black. Only three are women, and four are Americans.
Here are the world’s 13 black billionaires
12. Folorunsho Alakija US$1.0 billion
Folorunso Alakija is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman. She is involved in the fashion, oil, real estate and printing industries.
11. Mo Ibrahim US$1.1 billion
Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries.
10. Strive Masiyiwa US$1.3 billion
Strive Masiyiwa is a London-based Zimbabwean billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of the international technology group Econet Global.
9. Michael Lee-Chin US$1.60 billion
Michael Lee-Chin, OJ, OOnt, is a Jamaican-Canadian billionaire businessman, and philanthropist and the chairman and CEO of Portland Holdings Inc, a privately held investment company in Ontario, Canada. Lee-Chin was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2017.
8. Isabel dos Santos US$2 billion
Isabel dos Santos is an Angolan businesswoman, Africa’s richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017. In 2013, according to Forbes, her net worth had exceeded US$2 billion making her Africa’s first female US dollar billionaire.
7. Michael Jordan US$2.1 billion
Jordan is worth $2.1 billion as of May 2020, according to Forbes, making him the richest former professional athlete in the world. The 57-year-old is ranked No. 1,001 on Forbes’ list of billionaires. He joined the billionaire club in 2014 after increasing his ownership stake in the Charlotte Hornets.
7. Patrice Motsepe US$2.1 billion
Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe is a South African mining billionaire businessman of Tswana descent. He is the founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum.
6. Oprah Winfrey US$2.5 billion
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist.
5. Abdul Samad Rabiu US$3.2 billion
Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu CON is a Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist. His late father, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, was one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s.
4. David Steward US$3.9 billion
David L. Steward is an American businessman. He is chairman and founder of World Wide Technology, one of the largest African-American-owned businesses in America. Steward is one of five black billionaires in America being 745th in the Forbes Billionaires 2019 list.
3. Robert Smith US$5 billion
Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is the only continuous member of the rock band The Cure, which he co-founded in 1976. He was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984, and was part of the short-lived group The Glove in 1983.
2. Mike Adenuga US$ 5.7 billion
Chief Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr CSG GCON is a Nigerian billionaire businessman, and the third richest person in Africa. His company Globacom is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, which has a presence in Ghana and Benin.
1. Aliko Dangote US$10.7 billion
Aliko Dangote GCON is a Nigerian billionaire business magnate and philanthropist. He is the wealthiest person in Africa, and the richest Black person in the world with an estimated net worth of US$13.5 billion.