Top 10 Richest Black Women in the World 2019

Gone are the days where men were the only people regarded to as wealthy and influential. The current era has seen a rise in the knowledge, wealth, independence and empowerment of women making it possible for young women to aspire to reach to great levels. While being black (African) is hard in a world full of dominant egoistic whites, being a black woman is harder.

We have compiled a list of influential and wealthy women based on their net worth with Oprah Winfrey and Isabel Dos Santos being ranked by Forbes as the top richest black women in the world several years in a row.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $ 2.5 billion

Country: United Stated of America

Oprah is an influential media executive best known for her talk show, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ that was ranked the highest rated television program in history. The show was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago which earned her great recognition across and beyond the united states. Oprah Winfrey is the owner of Harpo production company and remains vibrant and supportive to education of young people especially women. She has established the Oprah Winfrey Learning Academy based in South Africa for female Children only. She remains to be the most influential black woman in the world.

2. Isabel Dos Santos

Net worth: $ 2.3 billion

Country: Angola

Being Africa’s richest woman and Forbes number 8 African billionaire, Isabel is a woman to look up to. She is the eldest child of the former president of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, who’s sole source of wealth has been acquired through various investments. She has huge stakes in Angolan companies including banks and a telecom firm. She was once the head of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil firm, owns shares of different Portuguese companies including a cable TV firm. Isabel is ranked as the world’s second richest in the world.

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3. Folorunsho Alakija

Net worth: $ 1.1 billion

Country: Nigeria

Folorunsho is an independent Nigerian business woman ranked as the 3rd wealthiest black woman in the world and the 19th African billionaire on Forbes list 2019. She once temporarily ‘dethroned’ Oprah Winfrey as the wealthiest black woman in the world back in 2014. She is the vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company with an oil mining lease in Nigeria. She is also influential in the fashion industry with her first ever client being the wife of the former Nigerian president, Ibrahim Babangida. She empowers women to do business and is among the top influential women in Africa.

4. Mama Ngina Kenyatta

Net worth: $1 billion

Country: Kenya

Ngina Kenyatta, promptly known as Mama Ngina, is among the top richest women in the world. She is the widow of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, and the mother of the fourth president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. She is a wealthy business woman who runs the family enterprises with major investments in real estate, banking,hotels, private schools, imports and exports, Media company (mediamax) and Kenya’s largest dairy company Brookside Dairies. She is the wealthiest woman in Kenya and the 3rd wealthiest woman in Africa making topping her as one of the most inspirational black woman in the world

5. Sheila Crump Johnson

Net worth: $760 million

Country: United States

Sheila is an African-American business woman who co-founded BET with her then husband, Robert. It was later bought in 2001 by Viacom for $2.9 billion which encouraged her to later on sell her shares and invest in real estate, Hotels and resorts, horses and various stakes in sports such as NBA, NHL and WNBA. In 2013, she produced a critically-acclaimed film known as The Butler, telling a story of a former slave turned to a White House employee.

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6. Hajia Bola Shagaya

Net worth: $630 million

Country: Nigeria

Hajia is an influential business tycoon from Nigeria ranked as the 4th richest woman in Africa. Most of her wealth has been acquired through investments and is said to be very powerful and influential in Nigeria. She has investments in the real estate world owning property even in the United States and Europe. He other investments are in banking, oil and gas, communication and photography. She influences and encourages women entrepreneurs in Nigeria and Africa at large.

7. Beyonce Knowles

Net worth: $ 500 million

Country: United States

Beyonce Knowles is an entertainment mogul well known all around the world. She among the wealthiest top most influential black women in the world. The beautiful singer has a history of having the best shows and the best fan turn up which makes her very influential. She has huge endorsements with top brands and owns a production company, alongside a fragrance brand and clothing line.

8. Wendy Appelbaum

Net worth: $410 million

Country: South Africa

Wendy is a South African business entrepreneur who owns a Black empowerment company that is focused in the financial services sector and mining. Having acquired a chunk of her wealth from her late father, she has managed to increase her wealth tremendously being named asone of the Leading Women Entrepreneur in the world. She has stakes in various big companies with stakes in real estate, agriculture, I.T and even several women forums. She is ranked as one the most influential and inspirational female entrepreneur in the world.

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9. Irene Charnley

Net Worth: $ 150 Million

Country: South Africa

Irene is an influential South African business woman known for her negotiation skills for workers. She was a trade unionist for mine workers for 13 years which saw her upgrade to the Executive Director at MTN. She owns a telecommunication company with major company shares in different corporations based across Africa. She is a very influential business woman having ranked as one of the most effective women leaders in Africa.

10. Bridgette Motsepe Radebe

Net worth: $145 million

Country: South Africa

Bridgette is the wife of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe in South Africa. Majority of her wealth comes from Mmakau mining, South Africa’s  biggest mining company. The company deals with production of gold, platinum, uranium and coal. She is among the top most influential women in South Africa heading the South African Mining Development Association.




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