RICH LIST! Forbes Richest African Americans

The world’s richest people, according to Forbes, includes seven titans of finance, media and fashion who make up an even rarer club: African American billionaires.

They include Robert F. Smith, whose $6 billion fortune made in private equity makes him the 451st wealthiest person in the world, media moguls Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry as well as rap icons and businessmen Jay Z and Kanye West.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos retains the top spot on the Forbes list with a net worth of $177 billion, up $64 billion from a year ago as a result of soaring Amazon shares.

Here are the richest African Americans and where they rank on the list of the world’s billionaires.

Robert F. Smith

Net Worth: $6 billion

Age: 58

Business: Private equity, finance, investments

Global Ranking: 451

David Steward

Net worth: $3.7 billion

Age: 69

Business: IT provider

Global Ranking: 807

Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $2.7 billion

Age: 67

Business: media and entertainment

Global Ranking: 1,174

Kanye West

Net Worth: $1.8 billion

Age: 43

Business: Music, Yeezy sneakers, fashion, retail

Global Ranking: 1,750

Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $1.6 billion

Age: 58

Business: Charlotte Hornets, endorsements

Global ranking: 1,931


Net Worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 51

Business: Media, entertainment

Global Ranking: 2,141

Tyler Perry

Net Worth: $1.0 billion

Age: 51

Business: Movies, television, entertainment

Global Ranking: 2,674

Source: Forbes

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