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Meet The Forbes 30 Under 30 Black Honorees Trailblazing In Their Fields

When the Forbes 30 Under 30 list releases each year, it’s a time to give young leaders and innovators their flowers. The annual list also serves as a moment for readers to praise honorees, discover new talent, and be inspired to excel within their own endeavors. Forbes’ Black honorees in categories such as science, technology, healthcare , and gaming , in particular, are ones to revel on as the Black community is underrepresented within these spaces and deserves proper recognition. Take a look at this year’s Black honorees that are breaking barriers in their respective fields. Editorial Note: This piece has been updated to reflect additional honorees on Dec. 6, 2021.

Dec 3, 2021

From Poverty to Prosperity: How Tyler Perry Became A Billionaire

Best known for his portrayal of tough, sassy Madea Earlene Simmons, Tyler Perry has joined the ranks of Black celebrity billionaires like Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan. The brilliant actor, writer, producer, playwright, and director went from being raised in poverty to building an empire. So what is Tyler Perry’s current net worth and how did he earn his fortune? Let’s dive right in. According to Forbes, Tyler Perry’s estimated net worth is $1 billion. The actor and entrepreneur’s success has earned him a spot in The Forbes 400, which annually lists the 400 richest Americans.So how did he do it? Throughout his career, Perry has directed over 30 movies, 20 plays, and eight TV shows. In the late 1990s, the self-made tycoon wrote and produced his very first play called “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” While living in his car, Perry made the play a hit. From there, he kept going, until he gained a huge following that led him to make his first film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman, “...

Jan 22, 2021

Here are the Black Billionaires Who Made the 2020 Forbes List

Forbes recently released its 2020 World’s Billionaires List ranking billionaires according to their net worth. While some billionaires remain on top, others saw their ranking drop drastically from the previous year. The list — finalized on March 18 — features 2,095 billionaires. Here are the Black billionaires that made the list representing various countries around the world. Aliko Dangote JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images The cement and sugar manufacturing guru from Nigeria landed at No. 162 with a net worth of $8.3 billion. He is not only Africa’s richest man but the world’s richest Black man. As the CEO and founder of Africa’s largest cement producer, Dangote Cement. At 62-years-old, Dangote owns 85 percent of the publicly-traded company. Mike Adenuga Twitter Adenuga is the second richest man in Africa. He ranks at No. 286 with a net worth of $5.6 billion. He secured his wealth through oil and telecom endeavors. At 66-years-old, Adenuga’s mobile communications company, Globacom,...

Apr 14, 2020

Serena Williams Is The First Athlete To Make Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women List in America

Serena Williams just added another title to her long list of wins. She’s now making history as the first athlete to appear on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List in America. You may have heard about the list before — Kylie Jenner was named on the list last year, causing many to question Forbes’ definition of “self-made.” This year, Williams is on the list after securing multiple partnerships, investing in tech companies, starting her own venture capital firm and joining the board of some growing startup companies. Williams announced her VC firm Serena Ventures in April, quietly funding over 30 companies led by women and underrepresented groups since 2014. The companies range across the beauty, food, and retail industries. “I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries,” Williams said in an Instagram post.  “Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and...

Jun 4, 2019