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.
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.
These amazing individuals are inspiring millions of African Americans.