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1. 11. Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim has a net worth of $1.18 billion. He gained his riches when he founded Celtel, one of the first cell phone companies in Africa and the Middle East. After selling his company in 2005, he received $1.4 billion and uses his time to fight against corrupt African leaders.

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2. 10. Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa also made his money through the cell phone industry by launching his own in Zimbabwe in 1998. He owns a majority of the companies shares and the businesses that give fiber-optic networks and satellite services to the telecom companies across Africa.

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3. 9. Mohammed Dewji

Mohammed Dewji is the only billionaire out Tanzania. His father created METL a company that trades textiles, flour, drinks and edible oils back in the 70’s. He has now inherited that business.

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4. 8. Michael Jordan

8. Michael Jordan

Basketball legend Michael Jordan gets his riches from endorsements, his coveted shoe collections and his stake in the Charlotte Hornets. He bought a share of the NBA franchise for $175 million in 2010. He now owns 90% of the team which is valued at $1.05 billion.

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5. 7. Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija started her career with her own fashion label before getting an oil license in Nigeria in 1993. Her oil mining business has partnered with Chevron. She has a net worth of $1.7 billion.

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6. 6. Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe bought a gold mine that was low in production. He then turned the mine into a profit. In 2008, he became the first Black African billionaire and controls a private-equity firm and has a soccer club. He pulls in a new worth of $2.5 Billion.

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7. 5. Isabel dos Santos

Known as an independent businesswoman, she received her money from her father Eduardo dos Santos. He gave his stakes to his daughter when he transferred it to several Angolan companies in her name. She has $2.6 billion.

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8. 4. Oprah Winfrey

4. Oprah Winfrey

Even though she has OWN Network, Harpo Productions and her partnership with “60 Minute” most of her money comes from being a television host. She’s also the owner of O Magazine. She has a net worth of $2.7 billion.

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9. 3. Robert Smith

Robert Smith is an African-American that made his money in venture capital after leaving Goldman Sachs and Kraft Foods. His net worth is $4.4 billion.

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10. 2. Mike Adenuga

While working as a cab driver in New York, Adenuga attended Pace University for his MBA. At the age of 26, he made his first million-selling lace and distributing soft drinks. In Nigeria, he owns the second largest cellphone provider and a profitable oil firm. His net worth is $5.4 billion.

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11. 1. Aliko Dangote

Coming in with a net worth of $14.1 billion, Dangote made his wealth by selling cement. His company makes 44 million metric tons annually and is hoping to increase by 33%. He’s also killing the sugar industry in Nigeria.

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