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Top 12 Richest African Americans

/ January 1, 2016

2) Michael Jordan – $1 Billion

Basketball’s greatest player 51-year-old Michael Jordan realized his dream of becoming an NBA owner in 2014 when he became the majority shareholder of the Charlotte Bobcats. According to Forbes’ estimate in 2015, Michael Jordan is the first US professional athlete to become a billionaire thanks to deals with popular brands like Nike, Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck. Brand Jordan is a $1 billion (sales) business for Nike. Jordan’s successful career has been an inspiration for many retired basketball players.

Michael Jordan


1) Oprah Winfrey – $3 Billion

Oprah Winfrey is the richest African American. This 61-year-old self-made billionaire is a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist! She is the chairwoman of Harpo Productions and Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She also has an annual $55 million contract with Sirius XM’s Oprah Radio Show. Her 2013 earnings was $75 million. She also makes millions from her O Magazine.

Although she had a difficult upbringing, Oprah took the most out of a second chance. Today she has turned her remarkable career into a platform of helping others.


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These amazing individuals are inspiring millions of African Americans.

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  • 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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