There are only a handful of billionaires on the planet—1,226 to be exact—and an even smaller number are black. Forbes recently put together it’s annual billionaires list, and only six of those listed are black—and only one is American. We bet you know who that is.
Check out the six black billionaires who run the world and how their businesses took them to the top of the money tree.
1. Mohammed Al Amoudi
Mohammed Al Amoudi may fall at number 61 on the Forbes list, but he’s number one on the list of the richest black people in the world. The Saudi and Ethiopian man’s assets in oil companies like Svenska Petroleum Exploration, which produces crude oil in Africa, and refinery operator Preem, puts his net worth at $12.5 billion.
2. Aliko Dangote
Nigerian self-made businessman Aliko Dangote used to reign as the richest black person until Al Amoudi knocked him out of the top spot by $1.3 billion. Dangote, who’s worth $11.2 billion, is owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in a variety of industries from sugar refineries, flour milling, and salt processing to cement plants spanning from Nigeria to Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, and Zambia.
3. Mike Adenuga
Mike Adenuga is another Nigerian businessman, and his interests in Telecommunication, banking, and oil, place his worth at $4.3 billion. Adenuga’s Conoil Producing Company is Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil exploration company, and his mobile phone operator, Globacom, has over 15 million subscribers in the country.
4. Oprah Winfrey
You saw this one coming, right? Oprah still holds the titles of the only black female and black American billionaire with a net worth of $2.7 billion. We don’t have to remind you of all the venture’s that have brought the media mogul to this point, but it’s clear even less than stellar ratings for her new network OWN can’t stop Oprah’s financial reign.
5. Patrice Motsepe
South Africa’s first and only black billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s mining empire puts him in a tie with Oprah with a net worth of $2.7 billion. His riches come from his company, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which he owns 41 percent of. ARM has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum.
6. Mohamed Ibrahim
Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim rounds out the black billionaires list with an estimated worth of $1.1 billion. After working for several telecommunications companies, Ibrahim founded his own, Celtel, and in 2005, he sold the company for $3.4 billion and took home $1.4 billion by himself.
Have you heard of any these people besides Oprah? ;p