The Forbes billionaire list has dropped, and Black men and women have landed on the list again.
There are, of course, some “old reliables” on the list — names we’ve become used to seeing, and naturally equate with billionaire status. For example, Michael Jordan, Kanye West, and Jay-Z all made the Forbes billionaire list, though their placements on the list may be different than in previous years.
Oprah, too, made the list — and she’s the richest Black American woman on the list, with a net worth totaling nearly $3 billion. Rihanna, too, made the list for the first time in history.
What’s more, African billionaires made the list. Aliko Dangote — the richest man in Africa, whose career has been covered extensively at AfroTech — is the richest Black man in the world, with a net worth of an impressive $14 billion. Other African billionaires that made the list include Patrice Motsepe and Mike Adenuga.
Interestingly, the Black billionaires from the United States are — with few exceptions — in sports and entertainment, while the Black billionaires from Africa are in manufacturing and other types of investments.
And while it goes without saying that it’s impressive when any Black man or Black woman makes the Forbes billionaire list, it’s also worth noting that there are thousands of billionaires on the list — and only a handful is Black.
Let’s take a look at the list of Black billionaires on the Forbes billionaire list, and give them their flowers today.
Editorial note: The net worths listed in this piece are speculative estimates drawn from a variety of online sources.
Net Worth: $14 Billion
The world’s richest Black man is the first Black entry on the Forbes billionaire list. African billionaire Aliko Dangote comes in with an impressive $14 billion net worth.
Net Worth: $7.3 Billion
Mike Adenuga is one of the richest men in Nigeria, and his impressive $7.3 billion net worth comes from investments in the Telecomms industry.
Net Worth: $6.9 Billion
Rabiu’s children are this African billionaire’s pride and joy, and they’ll be set for life thanks to his $6.9 billion net worth.
Robert F. Smith
Net Worth: $6.7 Billion
AfroTech frequently covers Robert F. Smith’s contributions to society at large, and the billionaire’s net worth continues to grow alongside his philanthropy.
Net Worth: $5.8 Billion
David Steward’s work in the computer programming industry has garnered him an impressive $5.8 billion net worth.
Net Worth: $3.3 Billion
South Africa’s richest Black man continues to grow his $3.3 billion net worth.
Net Worth: $2.6 Billion
From talk show host to powerhouse, Oprah Winfrey has amassed a $2.6 billion empire.
Net Worth: $2 Billion
Say what you will about him, but Kanye West’s $2 billion net worth is a testament to his “jeen-yuhs.”
Net Worth: $1.7 Billion
Riri’s entered the Forbes billionaire list for the first time in history thanks to her wise business moves.
Net Worth: $1.7 Billion
The man, the myth, and the legend continues to add to his impressive net worth — even though he’s long since retired from the basketball court.
Net Worth: $1.4 Billion
H to the Izzo continues to bank — to the tune of a $1.4 billion net worth.
Net Worth: $1 Billion
Tyler Perry proved that Black directors can bank thanks to his billionaire status.