The ten women on this list have broken all records and went against the odds to become the ten richest black women in the world.
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These women are black, hard workers and they are millionaires and in some cases billionaires. Use them to inspire you to aspire to one day see your name on this list.
10. Nicki Minaj
Net Worth: $75 Million Dollars
Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago
Source of Wealth: Entertainment / Media
Nicki Minaj not only sings that her mind is on her money. She works for her money and is today one the richest black women in the world. Onika Tanya Maraj, you may know her has Nicki Minaj, has managed to enjoy a successful career as a rapper, singer, actress and songwriter. She has sold over 80 million singles and has produced three albums throughout her career. Her albums Pink Friday: Roman Unloaded and Pink Print were certified double platinum in America.
She has her own fragrance lines and has earned from endorsement deals with Mac Cosmetics, Pepsi and Adidas and is a shareholder in the music streaming service Tidal
9. Bridgette Radebe
Net Worth: $145 Million Dollars
Nationality: South African
Source of Wealth: Mining
If you are speaking about a hard worker then Bridgette Radebe’s name should be mentioned. She first began her career in mining working as a miner for large corporations. In the 1980s, she successfully started her own mining firm, Mmakau Mining. Mmakay Mining now has holdings in mines that excavate gold, chrome, platinum and coal.
Bridgette Radebe sits on several boards and in 2008 was awarded International Business Person of the Year by the Global Foundation for Democracy. Her lifetime earnings have made her one of the richest women in Africa.
Net Worth: $290 Million Dollars
Source of Wealth: Entertainment / Media / Fashion
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, Queen Bey is one the richest black women in entertainment in America. She first came on the entertainment scene as a member of the girl group Destiny’s Child. The group later separated and she launched her career as a solo artist.
She has sold over 160 million records throughout her career and has starred in a number of movies. In 2014 Forbes ranked her as the highest paid black musician in history. Beyonce earns from album sales, her clothing line and endorsement deals with companies such as Pepsi.
7. Wendy Appelbaum
Net Worth: $310 Million Dollars
Nationality: South African
Source of Wealth: Inheritance / Investments
The only daughter of business tycoon, Donald Gordon, Appelbaum inherited shares in her father’s insurance and real-estate company, Liberty Investors. Wendy Appelbaum earned her keep working as a director in the company. She continued to amass wealth when she co-founded Women’s Investment Portfolio Limited, an investment company solely controlled by women. Appelbaum later sold her shares in Liberty Investors and with her husband bought the DeMorgenzon wine estate.
6. Ngina Kenyatta
Net Worth: $515 Million Dollars
Source of Wealth: Manufacturing / Banking / Farming / Real Estate
Ngina Kenyatta, wealth comes from being an heir to major land holdings acquired by her grandfather and the first President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, in the 1980s. The Uhuru family owns Brookside Dairies, the largest dairy company in Kenya. They are also major shareholders in the television station K24 and one of the commercial banks in Nairobi.
The wealth amassed from these entities constitutes the network of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his children. The substantial revenues generated make Ngina Kenyatta the sixth richest black women in the world.