The incredibly hard-working and determined black women continue to excel in every aspect of life, including business and finances. Every year there are new contenders for the title of the richest woman in the world. Check out the top ten richest women in the world with African roots!


10. Nicki Minaj


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Nicki Minaj rose to prominence in 2011, even though she started rapping years before that. Since her big break, Nicki has scored numerous top-selling albums, collaborations with other iconic musicians, and brand ambassadorships. The 10th richest black woman in the world is worth $75 million.


9. Bridgette Radebe


The South African Bridgette Radebe took a different path to compete for the title of the richest black woman in the world Forbes. She started out as a miner and then went on to launch her old mine that produces gold, platinum, and chrome. Today her net worth is $145 million.


8. Wendy Appelbaum


Wendy Appelbaum, the richest woman in South Africa, first accumulated wealth when she received an inheritance from her father. Instead of spending it on a lavish lifestyle, Wendy smartly invested her money into a number of booming businesses, and today she is worth $310 million.


7. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter


No one will argue with the fact that Beyoncé is among the most successful black celebrities on the planet, but how much exactly is the singer worth? Thanks to her singing career, clothing and perfume lines, and a variety of other businesses owned with Jay-Z, Beyoncé’s net worth has reached $450 million.


6. Ngina Kenyatta


Mama Ngina Kenyatta, as she is fondly called, is a member of Kenyan presidential dynasty. She is the widow and the mother of two Presidents of Kenya. She is also the owner and manager of many family businesses, including farming, real estate, and banking. Ngina’s net worth today is $515 million.


5. Hajia Bola Shagaya


The second richest woman in Nigeria, Hajia Bola Shagaya, is a savvy businesswoman who has had a career that spans over decades and dozens of businesses. Thanks to having business interests in oil, real estate, banking, and communication, Hajia managed to accumulate a net worth of $630 million.


4. Sheila Crump Johnson


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Sheila Crump Johnson is also part of the entertainment business, but, unlike Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Oprah, she can be hardly seen on screen. Instead, she became one of the most powerful players in the industry by launching the Black Entertainment Television network. Her net worth these days is $740 million.


3. Folorunsho Alakija


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Folorunsho Alakija may not be the richest black woman in the world, but she is the wealthiest woman in Nigeria. Folorunsho has a remarkably wide portfolio of businesses, ranging from oil to fashion. Unsurprisingly, her net worth continues to grow, and in 2018 the Folorunsho Alakija net worth has reached the mark of $2.1 billion.


2. Oprah Winfrey


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Oprah has become the household name not only in the United States but also all around the world. This woman is an example of how women can have it all. In addition to having her own hit show for 25 seasons, she has a production company and several other businesses, which, together, helped grow the Oprah net worth to $3 billion.


1. Isabel dos Santos


With a net worth of $3.35 billion, Isabel dos Santos is currently the richest African woman in the world. She got her start as the daughter of the former President of Angola, but Isabel has her own impressive investment portfolio that demonstrates her business skills.


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