Meet the world's richest black billionaires of 2018

Streeter Lecka/GettyMichael Jordan is one of the most successful athletes of all time — and one of the richest.
  • We put together a list of the world’s richest black billionaires, using data from Forbes.
  • The majority of the billionaires on the list are self-made self-starters who built business empires in finance, sports, media, and commodities.
  • Only three of the billionaires are from the United States.

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos may be the richest men in the world, but they aren’t the only billionaires.

There are 2,043 people across the globe with three commas in their net worths, according to the 2017 Forbes Billionaires list.The 23 wealthiest have $US1 trillion collectively.

In 2017, 10 of the world’s billionaires – fewer than 1% – are black, down from 12 last year, reports Forbes contributor Mfonobong Nsehe. Three of the 10 are women. All but one, Isabel Dos Santos, are billed by Forbes as self-made.

To compile the full list, Forbes uses stock prices and exchange rates to estimate the net worths of the world’s richest people, and then ranks them based on their wealth. We updated the 2017 list using data from February 15, 2018. Forbes maintains a current snapshot of the world’s billionaires, updated daily.

Continue reading to see the richest 10 black billionaires in the world, according to our updated version of the 2017 Forbes Billionaires list.

10. Mohammed Ibrahim, $US1.18 billion

Self-made billionaire, 71 year-old Mohammed Ibrahim, was born in Sudan and now lives in the United Kingdom, where he is the 11th wealthiest citizen. Ibrahim became a billionaire after selling his telecommunications company, Celtel International, in 2005, according to Forbes.

Now he spends much of his time focusing on improving the lives of African citizens through the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Net worth: $US1.18 billion

Age: 71

Citizenship: Sudan

Industry: Telecommunications

Source of wealth: Self-made

9. Folorunsho Alakija, $US1.49 billion

Folorunso Alakija, vice chair of Nigerian oil company Famfa Oil, got her start in business as the founder of an elite Nigerian fashion label, according to Forbes.

The 66 year-old self-made billionaire lives in Lagos, Nigeria and has four children. Her son, Folarin Alakija, recently married Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar, in a lavish, multi-million dollar wedding, which took place in England.

Net worth:$US1.49 billion

Age: 66

Citizenship: Nigeria

Industry: Oil, Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made

8. Michael Jordan, $US1.65 billion

One of the most successful athletes of all time, Michael Jordan, 54, made a total of $US90 million as a basketball player, according to Forbes. Since retiring from the NBA, he has amassed the majority of his wealth through his relationship with Nike and other corporate partnerships.

Jordan, who also owns a stake in the Charlotte Hornets, now makes more in one year than he did during his entire professional basketball career, as Business Insider’s Cork Gaines reported.

Net worth: $US1.65 billion

Age: 54

Citizenship: United States of America

Industry: Basketball, Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made

7. Patrice Motsepe, $US2.6 billion


South-African Patrice Motsepe, 55, founder of the mining company African Rainbow Minerals, was Africa’s first black billionaire. The father of three was also the first African to sign Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least half of his wealth to charity.

Motsepe and his wife Precious created the Motsepe Foundation in 1999 to help create new jobs, support education, and improve the lives of children, the unemployed, and the disabled, among others.

Net worth: $US2.6 billion

Age: 55

Citizenship: South Africa

Industry: Mining

Source of wealth: Self-made

6. Isabel Dos Santos, $US2.7 billion

Ian Gavan / GettyIsabel Dos Santos and Sindika Dokolo.

The wealthiest of the three woman to make this list, and the youngest black billionaire in the world, 44 year-old Isabel Dos Santos is the daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been president of Angola since 1979.

Her fortune comes from multiple investments, many of which are controversial and linked to her father, according to Forbes, although Dos Santos maintains her investments are private and independent.

Net worth: $US2.7 billion

Age: 44

Citizenship: Angola

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Inherited, investments

5. Oprah Winfrey, $US2.8 billion

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Oprah Winfrey, 63, is the only African-American woman to make the Forbes billionaire list. Winfrey overcame a tough childhood to become the well-known and beloved media mogul she is today.

While generous with her wealth, Winfrey still maintains an enviable lifestyle. Earlier this year, Winfrey delivered the commencement address at Smith College, telling graduates the secret to success is serving others.

Net worth: $US2.8 billion

Age: 63

Citizenship: United States of America

Industry: Media, Entertainment

Source of wealth: Self-made

4. Robert Smith, $US4.4 billion

Stephen Lovekin/GettyHope Dworaczyk and Robert Smith.

When Robert Smith, 54, left Goldman Sachs in 2000 to start his own private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, his coworkers thought he was crazy. But since then, his success and wealth has sky-rocketed, landing him on the Forbes Billionaire list for the first time in 2016.

In 2015, Smith wed Hope Dworaczyk, a former Playboy playmate and mother of his young son in an incredible villa on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The private-equity titan, who resides in Austin, Texas, added his name to the Giving Pledge earlier this year.

Net worth: $US4.4 billion

Age: 54

Citizenship: United States of America

Industry: Private Equity

Source of wealth: Self-made

3. Mike Adenuga, $US5.4 billion

Nigerian Mike Adenuga, 64, is chairman of telecommunications company Globacom, which has 36 million subscribers, as well as the majority owner of Lagos-based oil company Conoil, according to Bloomberg.

While earning an MBA from Pace University in New York, he drove a taxi to pay the bills. Today, Adenuga, who has seven children, is the second-wealthiest man in Nigeria, according to Forbes.

Net worth: $US5.4 billion

Age: 64

Citizenship: Nigeria

Industry: Telecommunications

Source of wealth: Self-made

2. Mohammed Al-Amoudi, $US10.8 billion

Jordan Pix / GettyMohammed Al Amoudi (not pictured) lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here, people walk on a central street in the heart of Jeddah historic center.

Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, 71, moved from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia when he was 19, and began amassing his fortune from government-contracts in real estate and construction, according to Bloomberg.

Now, the father of eight owns businesses across multiple industries, including oil, mining and agriculture, in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Sweeden.

Net worth: $US10.8 billion

Age: 71

Citizenship: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia

Industry: Oil, Mining

Source of wealth: Self-made

1. Aliko Dangote, $US13.8 billion

Ben Gabbe/GettyHalima and Aliko Dangote.

The wealthiest man in Africa is Nigerian Aliko Dangote, 60, who has been CEO and president of Dangote Group for 35 years. The majority of his fortune comes from a more than 90% stake in Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest producer of cement, which is traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

He is also an active philanthropist, serving as chairman of The Dangote Foundation, which focuses on education, agriculture and health-related initiatives.

Net worth: $US13.8 billion

Age: 60

Citizenship: Nigeria

Industry: Cement

Source of wealth: Self-made

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