BLACK GIRL MAGIC
SOME OF THE WEALTHIEST WOMEN IN THE WORLD
Isabel dos Santos – Net Worth: $3.3 Billion (Angolan) Source of wealth: Investments The daughter of Angola’s president and the current richest woman in Africa. Isabel is a very successful investor; her investments include 25% stake in the Angolian mobile phone company Unitel and 25% stake in Angolian bank Banco Bic.
Alice Walker – $300 million Walker wrote one of the best-loved American novels of all time, The Color Purple, which won her a Pulitzer and a National Book Award. When Walker was a child, her dad earned only $300 a year as a sharecropper ($4,000 in today’s money), so Walker’s brilliant financial success is a stunning change from her early life.
Oprah Winfrey – Net Worth: $3 Billion (American) Source of wealth: Media Oprah Winfrey is the richest African American. The majority of her net worth was generated from her 25 year profitable daytime TV show and earnings from her Harpo production company, which she helped celebrities like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.
Diana Ross – $250 million Diana Ross shot to fame as an original member of the legendary Motown girl group “The Supremes.” Then, as a solo artist, she had six number one singles, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Touch Me in the Morning.” Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammys and won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Folorunsho Alakija – Net Worth: $1.9 Billion (Nigerian) Source of wealth: Fashion and Oil
The first female billionaire from Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija made her billions from oil and fashion.
Tina Turner – $200 million Tina Turner – aka The Queen of Rock & Roll – has been making music since 1960. Her 1980s hits are still fan favorites, including “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and “The Best.” She’s won eleven Grammy awards, and has record sales totaling 180 million copies worldwide.
Shelia Johnson – $700 million Most people have probably heard of the BET channel, but some may not know the person behind the creation of this well-known brand. Shelia Johnson, co-founder of BET, has a net worth of approximately $700 million. She’s seen here as team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
Janet Jackson – $175 million Janet Jackson achieved a stunning 18 consecutive top 10 hits on the US Billboard chart, making her the world record-holder for a female artist. She recently blew everyone’s mind again when she announced that she’ll be having her first child at the age of 50, after canceling her 2015-16 tour to prep for the little one’s birth.
Mariah Carey – $520 million Known for her multi-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey has had massive commercial success since her debut single “Vision of Love” topped the charts in 1990.
Rihanna – $120 million Rihanna has released some of the best-selling singles of all time, including, “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow,” and “Only Girl (In the World).” She’s won eight Grammy awards and numerous other accolades. She’s also much-loved by fans because she seems like a genuine, authentic person.
Beyoncé – $300 million Beyonce started out as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the hottest girl groups in history, then went on to have mammoth solo hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Her HBO movie Lemonade took things in a new, darker direction that her fans seem to love. On top of all that, Beyoncé has been hailed by Time and Forbes.
Serena Williams – $100 million History-making tennis player Serena Williams has broken many records. She has won multiple grand slams, has a net worth of $100 million, and is definitely one of the best female tennis players in history thus far.