13 black people made it to Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires in 2019.
The list which has 2,153 people is an improvement for the black community considering only 11 blacks made it to the list last year.
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote maintained his lead position as the richest black person in the world with a fortune estimated at N3,942,312,000 ($10.9 billion).
He is closely followed by Nigerian oil and telecoms mogul Mike Adenuga.
American businessman David Stewart, who is majority owner of World Wide Technology, an IT provider, whose customers include Citi, Verizon and the federal government, joins the Black Billionaires Club with a fortune Forbes estimates at N1,085,040,000,000 ($3 billion).
Nigerian businessman Abdulsamad Rabiu, who made his fortune in cement, flour, edible oils and real estate, returned to the list this year after a multi-year hiatus. He last featured on the Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires in 2014.
Also making it to the list is Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey as well as Angolan investor Isabel dos Santos still remain the only black female billionaires in the world.
Below is the list of the 13 richest black people on earth, where they come from, and their area of business:
- Aliko Dangote – $10.9 billion
- Mike Adenuga – $9.1 billion
- Robert Smith – $5 billion
- David Steward – $ 3 billion
- Oprah Winfrey – $2.5 billion
- Strive Masiyiwa – $2.4 billion
- Isabel Dos Santos – $2.3 billion
- Patrice Motsepe – $2.3 billion
- Michael Jordan – $1.9 billion
- Michael Lee-Chin – $1.9 billion
- Abdulsamad Rabiu – $1.6 billion
- Folorunsho Alakija – $1.1 billion
- Mohammed Ibrahim – $1.1 billion