Exactly 2,153 people made it to the 2019 Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires and only 13 of them are black!
We’re cheering because this is an improvement compared to 2018 were only 11 black people who made the list.
Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is still leading as the richest black person in the world today with a fortune estimated at $10.9 billion.
He’s closely followed by Nigerian oil and telecoms tycoon, Mike Adenuga.
Only 3 Black amazing and powerful women made the list. American TV mogul, Oprah Winfrey, Angolan investor Isabel Dos Santos and Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija.
American businessman David Stewart the owner of World Wide Technology, an IT provider, whose customers include Citi, Verizon and the federal government, joins the Black Billionaires Club with a fortune Forbes estimates at $3 billion.
Another Nigerian businessman Abdulsamad Rabiu, who made his fortune in cement, flour, edible oils and real estate, returned to the list this year after a multi-year hiatus. He last featured on the Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires in 2014.
MEET THE 2019 13 RICHEST BLACK PEOPLE ON EART, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN & AREA OF BUSINESS
Aliko Dangote, $10.9 billion (Nigerian. Expertise; Sugar, Cement, Flour)
Mike Adenuga Nigeria $9.1 billion Expertise:- (Nigerian, Oil, Telecoms)
Robert Smith America $5 billion Expertise- ( Private Equity)
David Steward America $ 3 billion Expertise – (Tech)
Oprah Winfrey America $2.5 billion (TV)
Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe $2.4 billion Expertise – (Telecoms)
Isabel Dos Santos, Angola $2.3 billion Expertise (Investments)
Patrice Motsepe, South Africa $2.3 billion Expertise – ( Mining)
Michael Jordan, America $1.9 billion Expertise ( Basketball)
Michael Lee-Chin, Canda $1.9 billion Expertise – ( Investments)
Abdulsamad Rabiu, Nigeria $1.6 billion Expertise – (Cement, Sugar)
Folorunsho Alakija, Nigeria $1.1 billion Expertise – (Oil)
Mohammed Ibrahim, Sudanese-British $1.1 billion Expertise – (Mobile Telecoms, Investments)