Black Billionaires in the World – Men and Women

This article is about the black billionaires in the world who find a place in Forbes Magazine’s list of billionaires for the year 2013. According to it, released in March 2013, there are only seven billionaires in the world who are black. Of these seven people, five are men and two are women. These richest black people on Earth have different kind of businesses ranging from entertainment to oil and gas. Of these, someone is richest black American (African-American), someone is richest black African, someone is wealthiest black British.

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Let us have a look at the  list of World’s black billionaires.

#1) Aliko Dangote – One of the Black Billionaires

Net Worth: $16.1 Billions

Country: Nigeria

aliko dangote - First in the List of Black Billionaires

Born in Kano, Nigeria, Aliko Dangote is the richest black person on this planet. He is the founder and chairman of Dangote Group of Companies which is one of the most diversified conglomerates in the continent of Africa. This self-made black billionaire derives his major chunk of wealth from shares of Dangote Group. Much famous for his philanthropy, he donated around $100 million for educations, health improvement, and other causes of poor in Africa.

He also owns some of the largest sugar factories in Africa along with largest cement manufacturing units. With his wealth, he is the richest man in Nigeria. These days he is in the news for his plan of $8 Billion oil refinery in Nigeria which will be the largest in the country.

#2) Sheikh Mohammed Al-Amoudi

Net Worth: $13.5 Billions

Country: Saudi Arabia (also Ethiopia)

Mohammed Al Amoudi one of the black billionaires

Al-Amoudi has a net worth second to only Mr. Dangote. On our list of black billionaire people, he ranks second. He started his business with the construction of large complexes and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Later on, this wealthy black man diversified his business into oil refineries. His cement business and investments in agriculture has made him the second richest Saudi Arabian.

#3) Mike Adenuga – Third Richest Black Man

Net Worth: $4.7 B

Country: Nigeria

mike adenuga - one of the richest black people


Owner of the second largest cell phone operator in Nigeria, Mike Adenuga is the third richest black person in the world. He is the owner of Globacom which operates in about four countries in Africa. This rich black man also owns Conoil Producing which explores and extracts oil in the mainland.

#4) Patrice Motsepe

Net Worth: $2.9 B

Country: South Africa

patrice motsepe from South Africa

Another self-made richest person, Patrice Motsepe is the richest black South African and is one of the few richest people in the country. His stakes in African Rainbow Minerals, which is a mining company, make him one of the wealthiest black billionaire in the world. His beautiful advice on investments to football players in his nation made headlines in several newspapers. He has pledged to donate half of his wealth to charity after his death and is the only black person to do so.

#5) Oprah Winfrey – Only Black Billionaire in America

Net Worth: $2.8 B

Country: United States of America

Richest Black American -Oprah Winfrey


The first black female billionaire, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful black women. She is a television host and her show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was the most watched television show ever in the history of the United States (USA).

 #6) Isabel Dos Santos – One of the Black Women Billionaires

Net Worth: $2 B

Country: Republic of Angola

Isabel dos santos

Holding the title of first female billionaire in Africa, Isbael Dos Santos is the daughter of President  José Eduardo dos Santos. She is an active investor and holds stakes in several companies from Angola and Portugal.

#7) Mohammed Ibrahim

Net Worth: $1.1 B

Country: Britain

mohammed ibrahim - mo ibrahim

By birth a Sudanese, Mr. Ibrahim resides in the city of London and he is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He started the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which according to its website, invests in governance and leadership to catalyze Africa’s transformation.

Who was the first black billionaire?

The first ever black person to find a spot in the list of Forbes Billionaires was Robert Johnson from United States of America. He was the first ever black person to be counted as billionaire based on net worth. He founded the Black Entertainment Television network. Apart from the televisions, he has also ventured out in other different businesses.

Who was the first black female billionaire?

Oprah Winfrey was the first black female billionaire in the world.