Famous Black Business People

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 1 Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 25, 1919
Madam C.J. Walker is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female self-made American millionaire. She manufactured and promoted a cosmetic-and-hair-care line catering to black women, through the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was also the richest African-American businesswoman when she died.

 2 Beyonce Knowles

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Beyonce Knowles is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She developed an interest in music as a child. As a teenager, she became the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As of today, she is one of the world's best-selling recording artists. 

 3 Sean Combs

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop legend Sean Combs, known to fans as Puffy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy, started off as a talent director with Uptown and then launched his own record label. His debut album, No Way Out, was certified 7Xplatinum, and his song I'll Be Missing You topped the Billboard charts. 

 4 Nate Robinson

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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle

Nate Robinson is a former professional basketball player who has played in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics,  Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls. He went professional in 2005 and became the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion in 2010. He retired in 2018. He now runs a restaurant in Rainier Beach.

 5 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 6 Daymond John

Daymond John.
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Famous As: CEO of FUBU
Birthdate: February 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Daymond John is an American investor, businessman, author, TV personality, and motivational speaker. He is credited with founding FUBU, a hip hop apparel company, for which he also serves as the president and CEO. He is also credited with founding a consulting and brand management firm called The Shark Group, where he serves as the CEO.

 7 Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Jeffrey Wright is a popular American actor. A self-made man, Jeffrey Wright overcame many childhood problems, including the demise of his father, to become an award-winning actor. Jeffrey Wright serves as an inspiration to many black Americans. In 2011, he established a gold exploration company called Taia Lion Resources, which provided employment to several Americans.

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 8 Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kano

Nigerian billionaire business magnate and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, is the wealthiest person in Africa. He is also the richest black person in the world. Born into a wealthy family, he grew up to be an astute young man. He founded the multi trillion-naira conglomerate, The Dangote Group. A dedicated philanthropist, he has donated millions to health care in Nigeria.

 9 Monica

Monica
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: College Park, Georgia, United States

 10 Herman Cain

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 2020

The son of a janitor and a domestic help, Herman Cain used his talent in math to join Purdue University. He had worked with the Navy and been an analyst for Coca-Cola. He later headed Pillsbury as its VP. He had announced his presidential candidacy in 2012 but later withdrew.

 11 A'Lelia Walker

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 12 Tim Scott

Tim Scott
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

 13 Madge Sinclair

Madge Sinclair.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995

The Kingston-born American actress, who began her career with the New York Shakespearean Festival, acted in a number films and television series and won Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the crime drama Gabriel's Fire. Madge Sinclair was also a voice artist in the famous animated film The Lion King, released a year before she succumbed to leukaemia.

 14 Angelica Ross

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

 15 Chamillionaire

Chamillionaire
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 16 Bernice King

Bernice King
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

 17 LeBron James

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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

A basketball prodigy, Lebron James began playing since his school days and was later selected by Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft. His career progressed at a rapid rate and he is considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. During his stint with Miami Heat, he helped them win two NBA Championships. Currently, he plays for Los Angeles Lakers 

 18 Michael Jordan

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

A superstar, a legend and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is all this and much more. Very few athletes can match up with his level of popularity and impact. And if that is not enough, he is also the richest former professional athlete in the world.

 19 Rihanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 20 Cedella Marley

Cedella Marley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 21 James Prince

James Prince
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Famous As: Music Executive
Birthdate: October 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 22 Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey

 23 Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa
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Famous As: businessperson
Birthdate: January 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 24 Nathan Morris

Nathan Morris
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 25 Krayzie Bone

Krayzie Bone
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 26 Ken Carter

Ken Carter.
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: February 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fernwood, Mississippi, United States

 27 Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 28 Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe.
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa

The first black African to be featured on the Forbes billionaires’ list, African Rainbow Minerals founder Patrice Motsepe also owns a football club. In 2021, he took over as the president of the Confederation of African Football. The mining tycoon has also signed The Giving Pledge.

 29 Brad Daugherty

Brad Daugherty
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States

 30 Peter Lynch

Peter Lynch
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: January 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States of America

 31 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: July 7, 1998

 32 Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

Ghanaian-British rapper Kwasi Esono Danquah III is better known as Tinchy Stryder, "Tinchy" being an indication of his short frame and "Stryder" indicating a game he played as a child. Famous for his album Star in the Hood, he also owns an apparel range of the same name.

 33 Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kano

 34 Lauren Lake

Lauren Lake
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 35 George Crum

George Crum.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 15, 1824
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saratoga County, New York, United States
Died: July 22, 1914

 36 Esther Afua Ocloo

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Famous As: Co-Founder of Women's World Banking
Birthdate: April 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Dayi District, Ghana
Died: February 8, 2002

Ghanaian businesswoman Esther Afua Ocloo, better known as the founder of Women’s World Banking, had stepped into the world of business with less than a dollar. She initially sold marmalade in Ghana and then moved to England to learn food processing, eventually turning into a microlending pioneer.

 37 Moise Tshombe

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: June 29, 1969

 38 Sarah E. Goode

Sarah E. Goode.
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: April 8, 1905

 39 John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson.
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Famous As: Publisher, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005

 40 Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 41 Maggie Lena Draper Walker

Maggie Lena Draper Walker
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 15, 1934

 42 Oluchi Onweagba

Oluchi Onweagba.
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Famous As: Fashion Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

 43 Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons.
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Famous As: Franchiser
Birthdate: April 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 44 Buruji Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ogun, Nigeria
Died: August 8, 2020

 45 Esther Passaris

Esther Passaris
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mombasa, Kenya

 46 Menaye Donkor

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 47 Lamine Diack

Lamine Diack
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Famous As: Sports administrator, Athletic
Birthdate: June 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 48 Azeb Mesfin

Azeb Mesfin
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Famous As: Business Women
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Welkait, Ethiopia

 49 Solomon Mujuru

Solomon Mujuru
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Famous As: Military leader and businessman
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chivhu, Zimbabwe
Died: August 15, 2011

 50 Ida Odinga

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Famous As: Businesswoman, Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Migori, Kenya