Richest Black Woman in the World 2014
This article presents the richest black woman in the world for the year 2014. Of all the black women on Earth, only two were billionaires in 2013 but now there are three. The new entry is of Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija. While the other two are Oprah Winfrey and Isabel Dos Santos. These females found a place in Forbes Billionaires List. Apart from them, there is no other black woman in the world who happens to be a billionaire. While Oprah Winfrey is richest Africa-American billionaire, Isabel tops this list and she is also wealthiest female billionaire in Republic of Angola. These three are the only richest black female billionaires in the world.
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#1) Isabel Dos Santos – The Richest Black Woman in the World
Wealth: $3.5 Billion
Being richest black investor, Isabel DOS Santos holds considerable stake in some of the biggest companies in Africa. With a net worth of $3.5 Billions, she is the richest person in Angola which is a country in the continent of Africa. She is the richest woman in Angola and African continent. No other person in Angola has more fortune than her.
Though a citizen of Angola, Isabel was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. When she found a place in the elite club of billionaires, she became the first person ever to have it from her country. She is the daughter of President Jose Eduardo DOS Santos. At the time of writing this article, she held a 25% stake in Unitel which is a mobile phone operating company.
#2) Oprah Winfrey
Net Worth: $2.9 Billion
Being the richest African American, Oprah Winfrey is also the richest black person in the United States of America (USA). Wealth of Oprah Winfrey stands at $2.8 Billions. For those who reside in the US, they don’t need any introduction for Oprah. She is a household name and is largely adored by Americans for her much-famous talk-show. According to Wikipedia, she is a talk-show host, actress, media proprietor, producer and philanthropist. She is also one of the women billionaires from America.
She hosted a television show named after her ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ which remains the highest-rated talk show ever in American Television history. The show was started in 1986 and it ran till the year 2011 after Oprah called it a quit. In this list, she is in the first rank and she is also the only African American billionaire. At the time of writing this article, she has over 17 million followers on the micro – blogging site Twitter.
At one point of time, four years, Oprah Winfrey was the only black female billionaire before Folorunsho Alakija, a woman from Africa. On list of the richest people in the world, she ranks #503. And among the people of the United States, she ranks #168. On Forbes 400, she ranks #151. She frequently finds a spot in a list of most powerful women around the globe. Now, she ranks #11 on that list. She is the richest black woman in America.
A famous line attributed to her is:
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
#3) Folorunsho Alakija
Net Worth: $2.5 Billion
She is one of the three billionaires from Nigeria and the only billionaire woman from the country. Residing in the seventh most populous country in the world, Alakija started her business career with a clothing line. Before venturing out in business, she had worked for a bank. Her fashion label Supreme Stitches catered to the people from ruling class of Nigeria and one of them was the wife of dictator Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Along with her fashion business, she soon started an oil company for exploration of oil fields in Nigeria. Soon fortune knocked at her door and her oil company discovered one billion barrel of oil.
Other magazines like Venture Africa have estimated her wealth more than what Forbes has estimated. She made it to the headlines with a rumor that she was to campaign for the seat of Governor of Lagos state in Nigeria.
Compared to other ethnic groups relative to their population, black people have been subjected to many hardships in countries like South Africa and USA. However, the time has come good a long way and now they have their rights and liberties. In South Africa, there was never a black billionaire, but now there is.