These are the richest black women in the world today. There are an estimated 1.2 billion people in Africa. And currently, there are 11 billionaires on the Forbes list from this beautiful continent. Nine of them are male. And two out of this number are women—black women who have reached the billion dollar mark and even surpassed it considerably.
Not too long ago there was only one Black female billionaire in the world—the self made television and entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey. For years, she alone wore the crown of the only black woman to own that much wealth in the entire world. But not anymore. Right now, two other self made money women have emerged to join her on the pedestal of extreme financial achievement. And two of them are Africans.
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3. Folorunsho Alakija (Nigeria) —networth-$1.9 billion. Industry—Fashion/oil.
Her son recently got married and this billionaire funded the whole affair—to the tune of almost £5 million. The hard working business mogul started making a staggering amount of money back in the 1970s. And currently she amassed a fortune. Clearly her persistence and hard work paid off big. She is the first and only woman to make more than a billion dollars in Nigeria her country. Billionaire business women are rare in the oil rich West African state. The business icon is the founder of Fashion empire Supreme stitches and Famfa oil company.
2. Oprah Winfrey(United States) Networth— $3 billion. Industry—Media and Entertainment.
This inspirational woman built a bulk of her immense wealth from her day time TV show that aired for 25 years. It made her a household name as well as one of the most recognizable faces in the world. She also owns a successful production company-Harpo. Oprah holds the distinction of being the richest African American in the entire world. Her self made wealth and status has been a great inspiration to countless people around the globe.
1. Isabel dos Santos (Angola) Net worth—$3.3 billion. Industry- Investments.
She is the daughter of the Angolan President and is the current richest black woman on earth. Apart from her other impressive investments, her networth was acquired from her stake in Angola's telecommunications company Unitel, as well as her 25% stake in Banco Bic SA—Angolan bank. Although Isabel and her father have been hounded by controversy regarding the source of their wealth, they have mostly shrugged it off. But critics have persisted in pointing out their wealth as questionable.
Economically Africa is on the rise, with several Nations currently bordering on developed country status.
More billionaires are expected to emerge from her. And the number of women in this elite class is expected to grow.