Top Five Richest Black People of 2015

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Written by Tinaya Sallie

Most people should be familiar with the saying, “more money, more problems.” However, that’s definitely not the case for these black people, who have, over the years, made various marks in history by doing what they love with the added perk of getting rich from it. This selected few have also done their part in giving back to various ventures and businesses that have contributed to them being what they are today. So with that said, let’s have a look at the top five richest black people for 2015.

Aliko Dangote (Nigerian) – Source of wealth: Sugar, Cement and Flour – Net worth: $15.7 billion

This Nigerian-born gentleman is now trying to look past the three commodities that are responsible for establishing the fortune he now has and is trying his hands at a couple other ventures. Currently, Aliko has taken an interest in the oil industry. So much so, that he is now a current investor and he plans to spends over $9 billion on the project. This move will also prove beneficial in decreasing Nigeria’s need to import oil from other countries.

Mohammed Al-Amoudi (Saudi Arabian) – Source of wealth: Oil and Mining – Net worth: $10.9 billion

Born to Saudi father and Ethiopian mother, Mohammed Al-Amoudi began his business in 1974 and now holds the title of the second richest man in the world. His fortune was derived from his numerous oil refineries in places such as Sweden just point out one. His fortune was also assisted by investments in the construction and real estate industries respectively.

Mike Adenuga (Nigerian) – Source of wealth: Telecoms and Oil – Net Worth: $4 billion

As the founder and owner of Globacom which happens to the second biggest mobile network in Nigera, boasting over 24 million subscribers, Adenuga comes in a cool third on the list. After studying in the U.S. he returned home and by the age of 26 he began to make his fortune. He is also the owner of Coinciol Producing, which was one of the first Nigerian entities in the early 90’s to be granted an oil license.

Isabel dos Santos (Angolan) – Source of wealth: Investments – Net worth: $3.3 billion

Now this is what you call a woman in charge. Separate and aside from being the daughter of the Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, she is currently Africa’s richest woman. She is a successful investor who has found herself acquiring stakes in the Angolan bank and the Angolan mobile company called Unitel just to name a few.

Oprah Winfrey (American) – Source of wealth: Media – Net Worth: $3 billion

A celebrated African-American worldwide, Oprah acquired most of her net worth from her daytime TV show which ran for a span of 25 years, as well as her production company Harpo. Along the way she assisted a few celebrities to cement their own place in the media world such Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. Her work still continues through the support of several educational courses which also include an investment of $100 million to build the Oprah Winfrey Learning Academy for girls, located in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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