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Top 12 Richest African Americans

/ January 1, 2016

8) Mariah Carey – $520 Million

Mariah Carey does not need introduction. She is the best-selling female artist in the history of the Billboard charts. She has fans worldwide! In the year 2000, Mariah Carey was given a $100 million recording contract with Virgin. It is the biggest contract in the history of music at that time. She has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide!

Mariah Carey


7) Jay-Z – $520 Million

Rapper, record producer and entrepreneur Jay Z is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in the world. He has excellent business acumen. He is a minority owner of NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. He sold his clothing line Rocawear for $204 million in 2007 and signed a $150 million collaboration with Live Nation in 2008 through his Roc Nation entertainment company. Jay-Z is also a fully-qualified sports agent under the sports branch of Roc Nation (Roc Nation Sports).




  • DLOUPO says:

    Ain’t no way beyonce is worth 450

  • D'Anntoinette Kidd Johnson says:

    In the beginning of this article it states that Oprah Winfrey is the only African Ameri an billionaire. At the end of the article it lists Michael Jordan as a Billionaire also. Am I missing something? By your own article you admit to two so Oprah can’t be the only one, smdh.

  • blazewon22 says:

    All sports and entertainment. No other industries…living the stereotypical dream…

    • Ike says:

      For real tho. My brothers and sisters need to start focusing on more lucrative fields like computer science, the stock market, and real estate instead of just looking for a rap/sports career and settling for a quick million.

      • JayCee087 says:

        Many professions are not as lucrative as the instant gratification of working the entertainment spotlight, but I agree. There were so many creative and innovative Black American inventors in decades past. I wish that would come back.

  • hernandayoleary2 says:

    The list is inaccurate, it is missing don peeble

  • vviinn says:

    They didn’t include Robert Smith who is worth 2.5 billion. He is a successful Private Equity Boss

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