In AMER­ICA Part 2

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Contents -

Some of the wealth­i­est black women and how they be­came wealthy

Shonda Rhimes - $40 mil­lion – It would not be Thursday night tele­vi­sion with­out tun­ing into one of her hit shows. Whether it’s Scan­dal, Grey’s Anatomy, or How to Get Away With Mur­der, Shonda Rhimes has in­flu­enced to­day’s au­di­ence and has re­de­fined must-see TV. Kerry Washington - $8 Mil­lion Ac­tress Kerry Washington was al­ready a Hol­ly­wood movie sta­ple when she was cast as Olivia Pope in the ac­claimed TV drama Scan­dal. In that role, she’s won an NAACP Im­age award and the TV Guide Mag­a­zine fan fa­vorite award in 2013, as well as be­ing nom­i­nated for two prime­time Emmys and a Screen Ac­tors Guild Award. Michelle Obama - $11.8 Mil­lion Michelle Obama was raised on the South Side of Chicago in a work­ing class fam­ily, and be­came a Har­vard-ed­u­cated lawyer and hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor. She then be­came First Lady of the United States. Part of her net worth comes from the suc­cess­ful books writ­ten by her hus­band, Pres­i­dent Obama. Terry McMil­lan - $40 mil­lion She had us Wait­ing to Exhale and then chal­lenged us to learn about Get­ting To Happy. This pro­lific au­thor has found a place in lit­er­ary pop cul­ture for fans. In 2016, McMil­lan’s new book “I Al­most For­got About You” is on the hori­zon, and she is cur­rently es­ti­mated to be worth $40 mil­lion. Halle Berry - $70 mil­lion Halle Berry made his­tory as the first black woman to win a Best Ac­tress Os­car at the 2002 Academy Awards for her role in Mon­ster’s Ball. She’s also been a Bond girl (Jinx in Die An­other Day) and played Storm in the lu­cra­tive X-Men fran­chise. Aretha Franklin - $60 mil­lion The reign­ing Queen of Soul is one of the world’s best-loved record­ing artists. Sin­gles like “Re­spect” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Nat­u­ral Woman” will never get old. Franklin has been in the mu­sic busi­ness for over 50 years and sang for Pres­i­dent Obama at the White House in 2015. Cather­ine Hughes - $460 mil­lion Cathy Hughes was the first and only African-Amer­i­can woman to head a pub­licly traded cor­po­ra­tion when her TV One net­work went pub­lic in 1988. TV One con­tin­ues to make hugely pop­u­lar shows, in­clud­ing Un­sung, Fa­tal At­trac­tion, and Born Again Vir­gin. Con­doleezza Rice - $4 Mil­lion Con­doleezza Rice was raised in a mid­dle class home in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama. She be­came a Pro­fes­sor of Po­lit­i­cal Science at Stan­ford and served as Sec­re­tary of State un­der Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, the first African-Amer­i­can woman to hold that post. She prob­a­bly made most of her mil­lions work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor. Queen Lat­i­fah - $60 mil­lion Rap­per-turned­pro­ducer, Queen Lat­i­fah has sold over two mil­lion records. She’s ac­claimed as a hip-hop pi­o­neer, but she’s also had an in­cred­i­bly widerang­ing ca­reer that has earned her a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, two Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards, two NAACP Im­age Awards, and an Academy Award­nom­i­na­tion. Mel­lody Hob­son - $5 mil­lion Mel­lody Hob­son is prob­a­bly best­known as half of the power cou­ple that com­prises her and hus­band, Star Wars cre­ator George Lu­cas. But Hob­son is wealthy in her own right, too, and she’s served as pres­i­dent of Ariel In­vest­ments and as Chair of the Board at DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion. Toni Mor­ri­son - $24 mil­lion Toni Mor­ri­son has won No­bel and Pulitzer Prizes, and her nov­els, “Beloved” and “The Bluest Eye” are on col­lege syl­labuses across Amer­ica, as well as fea­tur­ing on Oprah’s book club. Mor­ri­son cur­rently teaches at Princeton, but her es­ti­mated worth from book sales is $24 mil­lion, so she could def­i­nitely give up her day job. Chaka Khan - $30 mil­lion Chaka Khan, the “Queen of Funk-Soul,” is a 10-time Grammy Award win­ner whose ca­reer has spanned over four decades.

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