Media Darling: Oprah Winfrey, $2.5 Billion
While Oprah is the only woman entry in America’s Black Billionaire club, what a woman to have representing! What can we possibly say that hasn’t already been said about Oprah Winfrey? Coming in at #3, hers is another rags to riches story. She was raised by a single mom in rural Mississippi. Suffering extreme hardship and even abuse, she worked hard in school and advanced into a program for gifted Black kids. She then went on to win Miss Black Tennessee in 1971! As everyone knows, Oprah not only became a film star and beloved talk show host, but she also founded OWN, a cable TV channel. Beyond a TV personality, she’s a true media mogul, but she’s also an activist who fought hard in 2020 to battle COVID with a massive gift toward relief efforts.