The Richest Black People on the Planet

Random Celebrity Article By on August 26, 2012

Who are the richest black people on the planet? Despite the many strides black people have made around the world, breaking down the race barrier in hundreds of different industries, unfortunately they still make up a very small percentage of the richest people in the world. In fact, out of the top 1000 wealthiest billionaires alive today, only seven are black. And of those seven, one is American. Several of the richest black people earned their wealth by dominating a natural resource like oil or sugar and one individual made her money by dominating the American television landscape.

The good news is that many young black people, especially in the United States, are climbing the wealth ladder at a faster pace than ever before. It should also be noted that the richest person of all time, inflation adjusted, was black. King Mansa Musa I ruled the Malian empire from 1280-1337 in what would be modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali. During his life, Mansa Musa controlled more than half the world's supply of salt and gold. He built mosques and palaces that still exist today. Mansa Musa's wealth was worth the modern equivalent of $400 BILLION! John D. Rockefeller is the second richest person in history with a 2012 equivalent net worth of $340 billion. But let's get back on the topic of the richest black people on the planet today. Click the image below to view the seven richest black people alive, we've also included a few bonus celebrities who are well on their way to billionaire status…

Richest Black People in the World:

  • #7: Michael Lee-Chin Net Worth – $1 Billion
  • #6: Mo Ibrahim Net Worth – $1.1 Billion
  • #5: Oprah Winfrey Net Worth – $2.7 Billion
  • #4: Patrice Motsepe Net Worth – $2.7 Billion
  • #3: Mike Adenuga Net Worth – $4.7 Billion
  • #2: Mohammed Al-Amoudi Net Worth – $8.5 Billion
  • #1: Aliko Dangote Net Worth – $23 Billion

Bonus:

  • Robert L. Johnson Net Worth – $550 Million
  • Tiger Woods Net Worth – $500 Million
  • P Diddy Net Worth – $580 Million
  • Michael Jordan Net Worth – $650 Million
  • Magic Johnson Net Worth – $500 Million
  • Sheila Johnson Net Worth – $500 Million
  • Jay-Z Net Worth – $500 Million
  • Tyler Perry Net Worth – $400 Million
  • Bill Cosby Net Worth – $350 Million
  • Berry Gordy Net Worth – $345 Million
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Prior to launching Celebrity Net Worth, Brian spent seven years as the Managing Editor of one of the largest entertainment portals on the internet. Before that, Brian attended Georgetown University where he double majored in finance and marketing. A native of Northern California, Brian currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Google+.
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