The wealthiest Black individual in America is Robert F. Smith. Founded by him, Vista Equity Partners is a private equity company that only invests in software firms.
The founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, a $14.5 billion provider of IT services with clients like Verizon and Citi among many others, is David Steward, the second-richest Black person in America.
Oprah Winfrey, dubbed the "Queen of Talk," has amassed a booming media empire that includes Harpo Productions, which collaborated on the production of films like "The Color Purple," "Beloved," and "Selma."
The bulk of the hip hop artist's riches came from a lucrative multiyear contract to design the sneaker brand Yeezy for the German sportswear corporation Adidas.
Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty
The phenomenal success of Rihanna's cosmetics company Fenty Beauty is largely responsible for her $1.7 billion fortune as an entrepreneur and musician from Barbados.
The legendary NBA player Michael Jordan received a $90 million salary over the course of his career, but according to Forbes, he has taken home $1.8 billion (pre-tax) from sponsors like Nike, Hanes, and Gatorade.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
The founder of the entertainment firm Rock Nation and the first billionaire in hip-hop, Jay-Z, also has stock in the cognac brands Armand de Brignac and D'Usse.
The "Madea" film series, which has grossed more than $660 million, is Tyler Perry's most well-known work as a writer, producer, director, and performer.
The greatest golfer in history, Tiger Woods, has earned $121 million in prize money, more than any other professional golfer in history.
The first NBA player to reach the billion dollar mark is LeBron James. More than $385 million in his pretax earnings come from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, his current franchise, and the Miami Heat.