Who are the richest African Americans in the world? Along with a tough history of poverty and discrimination, African Americans have become an integral part of America since its freedom. Despite being a part of social injustice, most of the times as victims, the African Americans have been able to fight for themselves and reach the heights in many arenas with their impeccable insights, talents and passion.
The people who have made their names rise to the sky of their Nation, with their passionate works and awe striking visions have made to the list as the richest African Americans of 2015. Now all you need to do is walk with me to learn about the exceptional stories of the exceptional bank balance of these people.
Here we list the top 10 richest African Americans in the world.
10. Beyonce, Net worth: $450 million
The reigning pop queen of America, Beyonce is world renowned for her honey-blending voice and dance moves that have made the world bow down in front of her. 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 and has a net worth of $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, Net worth: $500 million
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.
8. Mariah Carey, Net worth: $520 million
Mariah Carey has made millions of her audience move to her groove. Selling more than 200 million albums worldwide and is the best-selling female artist in the history of Billboard charts. With a millions of fan-base all over the world, Mariah has been a stable and well reputed singer in the American music industry.
With a history of $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.
7. Jay-Z, Net worth: $520 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.
6. Robert L. Johnson, Net worth: $550 million
Robert L. Johnson made a name as 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 billionaire. Later, he founded The RLJ Companies, a holding company which still works on different business sectors.
He has been able to accumulate his net worth at $520 million in 2015 making him one of the richest African Americans.
5. Tiger Woods, Net worth: $600 million
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 cost 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 promotion of golf in the inner-city areas.
4. Diddy, Net worth: $735 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-times Grammy winner, Sean Combs 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.
3. Dr. Dre, Net worth: $780 million
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.
With a total earning of $620 million in the past year, he made his name as one of the highest earning personalities in 2014. This six-times Grammy winner has a net worth of $780 million as of today.
2. Michael Jordan, Net worth: $1 billion
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 been credited for the popularization of NBA all over the world in 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 athletic field. He is also a proud owner of Charlotte Hornets.
1. Oprah Winfrey, Net worth: $3 billion
Oprah Gail Winfrey is a name that needs no introduction. Oprah is an American actress, talk show host, producer and a widely-recognized philanthropist. She is better known to the world as the host of a talk show, Oprah Winfrey Show which attracted millions of her audiences every month.
Oprah is considered to be the most influential woman in the world and was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2013. Her strong contribution made in the society and media for equality and freedom has paid her a lot in the sense of respect as well as money. She is the first African American to become a billionaire and was the first and only one in 20th century.
For a long and hard fight for their recognition and equality in their own nation, these African Americans have gone a long way to make this list happen and have surely inspired millions of people on the way. I’m no exception to this case and I’m sure going through this list has also inspired you to some extent to work on your passion and go big.