Who Are Some Wealthy African-Americans?


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Some of the wealthiest African-Americans in the United States are Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Robert Smith. Most of the richest African-American earners are in the entertainment industry from sports, music, and television. Oprah Winfrey has a net worth of 3 billion dollars as of 2015 and is the wealthiest African-American in the United States. Winfrey made her billions as a talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist.

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Robert Smith is a private equity titan that became a billionaire in 2015 with a net worth of 2.4 billion dollars. Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and is now the second richest African-American in the United States behind Oprah Winfrey.

Michael Jordan, widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, has made up to 1 billion dollars from his sneaker line. Dr. Dre made his money in the music business and as an electronics entrepreneur.

Two of the wealthiest African-Americans in the United States are married. Beyonce Knowles and Shawn Carter, more commonly known as Jay-Z, are world famous hip hop artists. Beyonce Knowles has an estimated net worth of 450 million dollars, while Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of 560 million dollars.

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