Richest Black Women In The World – Two are African.
Africa now has over 11 Billionaires officially listed on the Forbes List. For years Oprah Winfrey had the crown as the richest and only Black Billionaire in the world, well not anymore! Everything changed in 2014 when Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija and Angola’s Isabel dos Santos joined the Forbes Billionaires.
Here is a brief overview of the richest Black Women in the world as of 2015 of which two are African.
3.Folorunsho Alakija – Net Worth: $1.9 Billion (Nigeria)
Source of Wealth: Fashion & Oil
Folorunsho Alakija is the first female billionaire Nigeria has ever produced. Alakija made her billions from oil and fashion. She started her business in the 70s after she left her day job as a secretary to focus of her studies in fashion in England. Upon her return to Nigeria she founded Supreme Stiches that catered fashion for women of high society. Alakija is also the founder of Famfa oil, a company that owns substantial participating interest in OML 127, a lucrative oil block on the Agbami deep-water oilfield.
2.Oprah Winfrey – Net Worth: $3 Billion (American)
Source of Wealth: Media
Oprah Winfrey is the richest African American. The Majority of her net worth was generated from her 25-year profitable daytime TV show and earnings from her Harpo production company. She continues to support courses and has spent a whopping $100 million to build the Oprah Winfrey Learning Academy for girls in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1.Isabel dos Santos – Net Worth: $3.3 Billion (Angolan)
Source of Wealth: Investment
The daughter of Angola’s President and the current richest woman in Africa. Isabel is a very successful investor; her investments include 25% stake in the Angolan mobile phone company Unitel and 25% stake in Angolan Bank Banco Bic SA. She also has a few other investments which make her net worth to more than $3 Billion. Isabel is currently the richest Black woman and the richest woman in Africa.