While the majority of people around the world have a lot of respect for African Americans, they don’t have an accurate idea of just how wealthy many of them are.

As it turns out, African Americans have been instrumental in building American wealth over the past century, and today they’re some of the richest people in the world. In 2020, approximately 41 million African Americans were living in the United States, making up about 13% of the country’s population.

Many are billionaires with African ancestry from the continent of Africa. Here are the 7 richest African Americans in the world today.

 

1) Jay-Z

Shawn Corey Carter is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and investor. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, with a net worth of $1.4 Billion.

2) Tyler Perry

Perry started his career off with humble beginnings. His net worth is $1 billion. He created and wrote Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, which aired on TBS for 8 seasons and inspired two spin-off series. He also created Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, which premiered on TBS and ran for 5 seasons.

3) Kanye West

$1.8 billion (net worth) - is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. He has sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. In 2006, he was awarded a scholarship to attend art school by US President George W. Bush following a rap he did at one of his concerts criticizing Bush’s administration. This made him one of eight people to be awarded an arts scholarship by his first year in office.

4) Michael Jordan

This basketball legend is worth an estimated $1.6 billion. After getting drafted into the NBA by Chicago Bulls in 1984, Jordan became one of the greatest players of all time and won six NBA titles with his team. After retiring from basketball, Jordan’s net worth increased through endorsement deals and ownership stakes in other sports teams. He is currently a part-owner of three professional sports teams.

5) Oprah Winfrey

Born into poverty, Oprah Winfrey grew up to become one of Africa’s most popular personalities and an American media mogul. With a net worth of $2.9 billion, Winfrey is not only a self-made woman, but she also managed to create her own media empire—OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

6) David Steward

With a net worth of $3.7 billion, Dav Steward is an American entrepreneur who founded three Fortune 500 companies.

7) Kim Kardashian West

How did Kim Kardashian West earn her estimated $1.8 billion net worth? Born in Los Angeles, California, on October 21, 1980, she is best known for her work on Keeping Up with The Kardashians and her role as host of E!’s fashion police.

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