Gone are the days when black people were denied from participating in the activities that are being held in the society. Today, many of the richest persons in the world hail from African countries. Many of them are known entrepreneurs and philanthropists, while others hold top positions in different sectors of the society. Here is the list of the top richest black men and women in 2018 who rose to the position they are with their hard work and determination.
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10. Tony Elumelu
Born on 22nd March 1963 in Jos, Plateau in Nigeria, Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is a known philanthropist, entrepreneur, and a professional economist. He is the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and currently is the chairman of the United Bank of Africa. In 2012, he was considered as one of the Powerful people of Africa by the well-known Forbes magazine. He currently resides in Lagos in Nigeria. His net worth is approximated to be $700 million.
9. Mo Ibrahim
Born on 3rd May 1946 in Sudan, Mo Ibrahim is a well-known businessman and a philanthropist. Currently, he holds the citizenship of the United States of America. He is an engineer by profession and has done his education from Alexandria University, the University of Bradford, and the University of Birmingham. He now resides in Monte Carlo in Monaco. His current net worth is estimated to be around $1.1 billion.
8. Theophilus Danjuma
Born on 9th December 1938 in Takum, Taraba in Nigeria, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma is the current chairman of South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO). He has also served in the Nigerian Army as Lieutenant General from 1960 to 1979. He is a politician, businessman, and a philanthropist as well. In 1999. Danjuma was appointed as the Defense Minister to the President Olusegen Obasanjo’s Cabinet. In 2003, he was appointed as the Chairperson of the investigating committee that formed to solve the Warri conflict. His current net worth is estimated to be around $1.09 billion.
7. Patrice Motsepe
Born on 28th January 1962 in Soweto in South Africa, Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe is a well-known mining magnate and is currently the executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals which was also founded by him. According to a report published in 2012, Motsepe was the richest man in South Africa in that particular financial year. His fortune is around $1.81 billion.
6. Folorunsho Alakija
Born in 1956 in Lagos in Nigeria, Folorunso Alakija is one of the richest businesswomen who are of African origin. In 2014, she overcame Oprah Winfrey to become the richest black women in the world. She second powerful woman of Africa origin according to a report published by Forbes in 2015. She is known for her philanthropic works and is a business magnate in the fashion industry. Her net worth is estimated to be around $2.1 billion.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Born on 29th January 1954, Oprah Gail Winfrey is one of the most influential personalities in the world. She raised to popularity as the host of her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. She is known as the Queen of All Media. She is also a well-known philanthropist and is the richest African-American woman.
4. Isabel Dos Santos
Daughter of Angola’s Former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Isabel dos Santos was born on 20th April 1979. It is said that all her wealth was accumulated during the period in which her father was the president of Angola. She had completed her education at King’s College in London and currently resides in Luanda, Angola. Her net worth as of 2018 is estimated to be around $3.5 billion.
3. Mike Adenuga
Born on 29th April 1953, Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr is a business magnate that hails from Ibadan, Oyo in Nigeria. He is the founder of Globalcom (which is the second largest telecom operator in Nigeria) and is currently the chairman of Conoil. He has graduated from the Northwestern Oklahoma State University and from the Pace University. His net worth as of 2018 is estimated to be $5.8 billion.
2. Mohammed Al-Amoudi
Born in Wodlia, Ethiopia, Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi is a business magnate currently settled in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. He is the richest Ethiopian in the world and he made his fortune from real estate and by investing in oil refineries. Mohammed experienced a slight fall in his net worth when the oil prices crashed in 2016 but still maintained his position as the richest Ethiopian. Currently, his net worth is estimated to be around $10 billion.
1. Aliko Dangote
Born on 10th April 1957 in Kano state in Nigeria, Aliko Dangote is the richest black person in the world. He is the CEO and chairman of the Dangote Group (established in 1977) which has trade in countries like Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Benin. He has graduated from the famous Al-Azhar University in Cairo. According to the Forbes Magazine, he is the 67th Richest man in the world. In 2014, he was the 23rd richest man in the world. It was in 2013, he surpassed the Ethiopian business tycoon Mohammed Al- Amoudi to become the richest black man in the world. His current fortune is worth $13.2 billion.
The above list of the richest black men and women in 2018 proves that fact any one can overcome anyone hardships faced by them if they have the willpower to succeed in life. One can do wonders if they are ready to work hard. A person like Oprah Winfrey was born to an extremely poor family and hard to face many hardships in her life, but yet succeeded due to her strong willpower and determination.