Famous Black Business People

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 1 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 Nate Robinson

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Famous As: Former Basketball player at Point guard position
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

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.

 3 Gladys Knight

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

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 Monica

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

 7 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
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 8 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.

 9 Angelica Ross

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

 10 Chamillionaire

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

 11 Strive Masiyiwa

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

 12 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.

 13 La Toya Jackson

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and television personality
Birthdate: May 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

 14 Cedella Marley

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

 15 James Prince

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

 16 Krayzie Bone

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

 17 Nathan Morris

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

 18 Ken Carter

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

 19 Vernon Jordan

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

 20 C. J. Wallace

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Famous As: Actor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States

 21 Maverick Carter

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Famous As: Businessperson, Basketball player
Birthdate: October 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: North Akron, Akron, Ohio, United States

 22 Tammy Rivera

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Famous As: She is a former cast member of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Birthdate: July 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 23 Peter Lynch

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

 24 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

 25 Benjamin Bronfman

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Musician
Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 26 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.

 27 Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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

 28 Lauren Lake

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

 29 Junior Bridgeman

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Famous As: Basketball player, Businesspeople
Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States

 30 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

 31 Jacques Agnant

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Famous As: Music executive known for his connection to Tupac in the early 1990s
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Haiti

 32 Malik Obama

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Famous As: Former President Barack Obama's half-brother
Birthdate: February 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 33 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.

 34 Moïse Katumbi

Moïse Katumbi
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Famous As: Governor of Katanga Province
Birthdate: December 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: KASHOBWE, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 35 Banky W.

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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 36 B. Smith

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Famous As: Restaurateur, Model
Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Everson, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 2020

 37 Zari Hassan

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Famous As: For marrying Ivan Semwanga
Birthdate: September 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jinja, Uganda

 38 Fernando Mateo

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Famous As: Entrepreneur and community activist
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 39 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.

 40 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

 41 Jawar Mohammed

Jawar Mohammed
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Famous As: Founder of Oromia Media Network
Birthdate: May 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

 42 Pat Neely

Pat Neely
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 43 Sarah E. Goode

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

 44 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

 45 Yvonne Nelson

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

 46 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

 47 Kojo Annan

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

The only son of former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan is a serial entrepreneur who has been associated with various companies, such as Vector Global and Made in Africa. The Swiss-born Ghanaian-Nigerian was a talented college rugby player and works to provide sports scholarships to African students.

 48 Reginald Lewis

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Famous As: Businessman, Writer
Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 19, 1993

 49 Oluchi Onweagba

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

 50 James Pinson Labulo Davies

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Famous As: Businessman, 19th-century African merchant-sailor
Birthdate: August 14, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bathurst, Sierra Leone
Died: April 29, 1906