The Richest Black Women in 2019


By: Amadi Taylor

Black women have been making their mark different areas of entertainment, business and more. They are breaking glass ceilings, and are building their legacies. According to The African Exponent, These Black women have proven that wealth does not recognize gender, race or geography. Despite their roles, these women have pulled through to an enviable height.



  1. Isabel Dos Santos


Isabel Dos Santos has a net worth of $3.5 Billion. She is the daughter of Angolan president José Eduardo Dos Santos. In 2015, she was on the Forbes list 100 most influential women in the world. She’s the CEO of Miami Beach club which was inaugurated in 1997. She is also the chairwoman of Sanagol company, Angola’s leading oil and gas company.


2.   Oprah Winfrey

Known for her talk show, Oprah Winfrey is also an actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah made her huge fortune by running daytime TV shows. At a time, she was declared as the greatest black philanthropist in the history of America. She was also the most influential black woman and the richest African American woman.She is worth over $3 billion.


3.   Folorunsho Alakija


With a net worth of $2.6 billion, Folurunso Alakija was a financial secretary in the banking system (FCMB). She is an Oil and gas magnate, real estate, fashion designer, etc. She is also the richest woman in Nigeria alive today and is happily married with children and grandchildren.


4.   Sheila Crump Johnson

Sheila Crump Johnson is also one of the wealthiest black women on our list. Research has it that she is the fourth world’s richest black woman on earth with an estimated net worth of $740 million. She was also the co-founder of Black Television Entertainment, a leading station in the media industry. She also has stakes in NBA, NHL, WNBA.

5.   Hajia Bola Shagaya

She has a net worth estimated at $630 million. Bola Shagaya’s wealth reflects her entrepreneurship zeal, especially the real estate business across Europe and the United States. She has flourished in photography, communications, oil, fashion, banking, and real estate business.

6.   Ngina Kenyatta


She is the wife of the former President of Kenya. Her net worth is estimated at $515 million according to Forbes. She is in charge of the majority of the multi-national companies in the East African country, which are said to be worth millions of dollars. Most of the businesses she possesses ranges from real estate, manufacturing, farming, and banking.


7.   Beyoncé

Apart from being one of the richest black women in the world, Beyonce is known to be the most popular female singer across the globe. It is said that she has made money through various sponsorship deals. She has a popular record label to her credit - Parkwood Entertainment. She is also into fashion and modelling, where she has her own brand. Beyonce is said to be worth $500 Million.

8.   Wendy Appelbaum


This South African business tycoon got her huge fortune when her late father willed her all his property. She has invested in the hotel business, real estate, and diamonds. Wendy Appelbaum's net worth is estimated at $310 million according to Forbes.


9.   Rosalind Brewer


Rosalind G. Brewer is an American businesswoman who is the COO of Starbucks and the former President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. USA Today referred to her as "one of corporate America's most prominent women and black female executives."


10.                Risa Lavizzo Mourey


Born in 1954 at Seattle, Washington. She’s an American doctor and executive who served as President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2003 to 2017. She was the first woman and the first African-American to head the Foundation, which has an endowment of about $8 billion and distributes more than $400 million a year.