Of the 2,043 people who made it to the 2018 FORBES list of the World’s Billionaires, 11 of them are black. Three of them are black women. Only one of them is a self-made billionaire.
1) Isabel Dos Santos, $2.6 billion
Africa’s richest woman has had better days: Her father was President and she was Chairperson of Sonangol, the state-owned oil company. In November last year, Angola’s new President João Lourenço removed her from the role. Angolan authorities are now probing her tenure as chief of the oil giant and alleging financial impropriety. She denies the allegations. Isabel dos Santos owns a lucrative stake in Unitel, the country’s largest mobile phone network, and a stake in Banco BIC. Outside Angola, she owns nearly 6% of oil and gas firm Galp Energia (alongside Portuguese billionaire Americo Amorim), and nearly 19% of Banco BPI, the country’s fourth-largest bank. She is also a controlling shareholder of Portuguese cable TV and telecom firm Nos SGPS (formerly called Zon).
2) Folorunsho Alakija, $1.7 billion
Nigeria’s richest woman is vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company than owns a stake in Agbami oil field, a prolific offshore asset. Alakija started off as a secretary in a Nigerian merchant bank in the 1970s, then quit her job to study fashion design in England. Upon her return, she founded a Nigerian fashion label that catered to upscale clientele, including Maryam Babangida, wife to Nigeria’s former military president Ibrahim Babangida.
3) Oprah Winfrey, $2.7 billion
Oprah is no longer the richest African American. The former queen of daytime TV will begin work as a special contributor on 60 Minutes in the fall of 2017. Her once struggling cable channel, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) is now cash flow positive and is enjoying soaring ratings on the back of a series of successful sitcom and drama collaborations. She owns a 10% stake in Weight Watchers and acts as a brand ambassador. @businessinfluencermj
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We just find out I made the list of the World’s Top Under 30. I will be featured in a book highlighting my success as a CEO. Book and article coming soon. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. #happylife. Thanks Forbes Under 30, Forbes, and 30&Under for the opportunity and recognition of my career.
The best thing about doing what you love is waking up happy. As CEO of Direct Consultants, I’ve had my share of ups and downs, because that is part of having a thriving career, but I never lose my happiness in the mist of running my own company. Success begins with a goal and the rest is taking risks, even when you are not sure where it may lead. To do so, caring less about what others think is the number one way. There comes a time in your life when you have to live life passing by all that distract you, only staying focused on what you want for you. That is called happiness. Never forget to live your life. Be YOU! Give more; care less. ~ MJ #melaninpoppin #melanin #beautifulwomen #
Since starting my company at 17, I’ve had to sacrifice lots of things. Discovering what you want to do in life at an early age is a blessing. However, you live a different lifestyle than your peers because of the mindset you develop at such a young age. As a woman of color who grew up in poverty and motherless, I had to sacrifice more than most and to be frank, I just couldn’t do what others could. So, I challenged all that energy to growing my business. As a result, I am successful and I am able to talk to others about the things I’ve gone through and the sacrifices I had to make to get to where I am today. Advice: If you don’t have a goal, career, or idea to challenge your energy, then now is the time to create one. Begin to build your life. It’s never to late to begin again. No matter how early you start or how late, what’s yours is yours. Be great. ~ MJ #entrepreneur #motivation #inspiration #striveforgreatness