WEALTHY BLACK WOMEN
In AMERICA Part 2
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.