The World's Richest People of Afrikan Heritage
* Aliko Dangote -$14.1 Billion
Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote is the wealthiest person of Afrikan heritage in the world. The owner of the Dangote Group, he made his billions supplying sugar to breweries, soft drinks companies and the confectionery industry. The group has sizable investments in property, transportation, fabrics, petroleum and gas. Dangote has also expanded into information technology and has commenced the laying of fibre optic cables in Nigeria, to enable faster communications. The company has over 10,000 employees and is the largest business group in West Afrika.
* Mike Adenuga -$5.4 Billion
The second richest man in Nigeria, Mike Adenuga acquired his riches in telecommunications and oil. Globacom, his mobile phone network is the second biggest in Nigeria and has over 35 million users.
Before amassing his empire, Adenuga used to work as a taxi driver in New York while studying at Pace University, where he acquired an MBA qualification.
He became a millionaire at the age of 26 by trading in soft drinks and lace.
* Robert Smith -$4.4 Billion
The richest Afrikan American in the USA, Robert Smith is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners LLC. Prior to becoming a billionaire, he worked as a technical supervisor at Kraft General Foods and before that he served as an engineer at Air Products and Chemicals.
He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a B.S. Degree in chemical engineering.
He founded private equity firm Vista in 2000, which now has over $30 billion in assets
* Oprah Winfrey -$2.7 Billion
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is the richest woman of Afrikan heritage in the world. Starting out in local media as a news anchor, she then moved on to co-host a talk show in Baltimore called People are Talking. Several years later Winfrey moved to Chicago where she hosted a half hour morning talk show called AM Chicago. In a few months her show had eclipsed Phil Donahue as the number one talk show in Chicago. The show was then renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, lengthened to an hour and broadcast nationwide. With the success of the show Oprah then formed her own company and the rest as they say is history.
* Isabel Dos Santos -$2.6 Billion
The richest woman in Afrika, Isabel Dos Santos is the eldest child of former Angolan President
José Eduardo dos Santos. Her enormous wealth was created through investments in the energy industry, telecommunications, finance and media both in Angola and Portugal. She also has interests in oil and diamonds and a 51% controlling share in the supermarket chain Condis, which has over 400 stores.
* Patrice Motsepe -$2.5 Billion
Patrice Motsepe is the founder of African Rainbow Minerals. Born in South Afrika, he became a billionaire in 2008 and in 2016 he started a private equity firm African Rainbow Capital, which focuses on investment in Afrika.
He is also the majority shareholder in one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.
* Folorunsho Alakija -$1.7 Billion
The wealthiest woman in Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija has business interests in the printing industry, fashion and oil. She started off in fashion and rose to become the president of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria.
She then moved into the oil industry where she acquired a licence for Oil Prospecting and her company Famfa Ltd is one of the largest in Nigeria.
* Michael Jordan -$1.65 Billion
Apart from being a sporting superstar, Michael Jordan has amassed an enormous amount of wealth. In 1984 he spearheaded the Nike Air Jordan campaign , which was an overwhelming success and he acquired a major shareholding in the basketball team Charlotte Bobcats. His wealth has continued to spiral and today he is the third richest Afrikan American behind Robert Smith and Oprah Winfrey.
* Strive Masiyiwa -$1.39 Billion
Strive Masiyiwa became affluent via the I.T. industry. He launched his mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, of which he has a controlling interest in 1998. He is also the majority shareholder of Liquid Telecoms, a company that provides satellite and fibre optic services. He has investments with other mobile phone service providers in Afrika, and he set up the Higher Life Foundation which assists mainly underprivileged children in Afrika.
* Mohammed Ibrahim -$1.18 Billion
Sudanese born Mohammed Ibrahim founded the mobile phone network Celtel, which at its height had over 20 million users. He subsequently sold it in 2005 for over $3 billion He established the Mo Ibrahim Prize in 2007 to reward Afrikan leaders who governed their countries in a fair and proper way. $5 million was awarded to leaders who delivered economic development, good health services and education prospects and who handed over power when they lost an election.