This article refers to actual or incipient
billionaires (as measured by U.S. dollars)
who have some degree of black African
ancestry. Not everyone in this article is
considered black by all definitions.
Oprah Winfrey, the world’s only black billion-
aire between 2004-2006.
According to the 2009 Forbes Internation-
al Billionaire List, Oprah Winfrey with a net
worth of $2.7 billion is the richest black per-
son in the world, and was once the
world’s only black billionaire. Close behind
is Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote with $2.5 billion,
Nigerian petroleum executive Femi Otedola
with $1.6 billion. and South African gold
magnate, Patrice Motsepe with $1.3 billion.
Dangote and Motsepe are the first black
Africans to ever appear on the Forbes inter-
national rich list, however, Mobutu, the
Congolese president, and Sani Abacha, the
Nigerian military leader, were probably bil-
lionaires when they were alive but Forbes
could never confirm this (according to Forbes
magazine’s Kerry Dolan).
From 2001-2003, Forbes listed Black En-
tertainment Television founder Bob Johnson
as a billionaire, but dropped him after his
fortune was split in his divorce from his wife
Sheila.  He returned to Forbes internation-
al rich list in 2007 with a net worth of $1.1
In 2008 Johnson’s wealth
dropped further to approximately $1.0 billion
USD even and in 2009 he dropped off the
billionaires have also
been identified. Forbes international richest
list includes Michael Lee-Chin of Canada,
who is of Chinese and Jamaican ancestry.
Saudi-Arabian billionaire Mohammed Al
Amoudi has black ancestry because his moth-
er is from Ethiopia, but rich lists classify him
as Arab because his father is from Yemen..
Also included is Mo Ibrahim, a British billion-
aire of Sudanese Nubian ancestry.
Of all the black or Afro-multiracial billion-
aires identified by Forbes, only Oprah Win-
frey qualified for Forbes 2009 list of the
world’s 20 most powerful billionaires, a list