Famous Black Entrepreneurs & Executives

Profiles of famous black entrepreneurs and executives from around the world.

  • Antonio "L.A." Reid

    Antonio L. A. Reid

    Born: June 7, 1956, Cincinnati, Ohio Company: Epic Records Position: Chairman & CEO Industry: Media Country: United States

  • Bryan "Birdman" Williams

    Born: c.1969 Company: Cash Money Records Position: Co-Founder, Co-CEO Industry: Music Country: United States

  • Christopher Gardner

    Born: February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Company: Christopher Gardner International Holdings Position: CEO Industry: Financial Services Country: United States

  • Desiree Rogers

    Desiree Rogers, chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc

    Born: June 16, 1959, New Orleans, Louisiana Company: Johnson Publishing Company, Position: CEO, Industry: Media, Publishing, Country: United States

  • Earvin Magic Johnson

    Born: August 14, 1959. Lansing, Michigan Company: Magic Johnson Enterprises Industry: Services Position: Chairman, CEO Country: United States

  • George Foreman

    Company: George Foreman Productions, Inc. Position: President Industry: Product Endorsements, Licensing Country: United States

  • Iman Abdulmajid

    Born: July 25, 1955, Mogadishu, Somalia Company: Iman Cosmetics Position: Founder and CEO Industry: Personal Care Products

  • Jermaine Dupri

    Born: Asheville, North Carolina, September 23, 1972 Company: So So Def, Island Records Urban Music Position: President Industry: Media Country: United States

  • Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant

    Born: August 23, 1978 (age 38), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Position: Co-Founder, General Partner; Company: Bryant Stibel Investments Industry: Financial Services; Country: United States

  • Mellody L. Hobson

    Mellody L. Hobson

    Born: April 3, 1969, Chicago, Illinois; Position: President; Company: Ariel Capital Management; Industry: Financial Services; Country: United States

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Born: January 29, 1954; Net worth (10/2016): $2.9 billion USD; Position: Chairman, CEO; Company: Harpo Inc., Harpo Productions, Inc., Harpo Studios, Inc.; Industry: Media; Country: United States

  • Reginald Lewis

    Born: December 7, 1942, Baltimore, Maryland Died: January 19, 1993 Company: TLC Beatrice Industry: Manufacturing Position: Chairman/CEO Country: United States

  • Robert L. Johnson

    Robert L. Johnson

    Date of Birth: April 8, 1946, in Hickory, Mississippi; Education: University of Illinois, BA, 1968; Princeton University, MPA, 1972; Company: The RLJ Company; Position: Founder, CEO; Industry: Real Estate, Hospitality,...

  • Ronald "Slim" Williams

    Born: c.1967 Company: Cash Money Records Position: Co-Founder, Co-CEO Industry: Music Country: United States

  • Russell Simmons

    Born: October 4, 1957, Queens, NY; Company: Def Jam, Phat Form, Rush Communications, UniRush; Position: Co-Founder; Industry: Media, Financial Services; Country: United States

  • Sean Combs

    Sean Combs

    Born: November 4, 1969, Harlem, New York, U.S; Net worth (2016): $750 M; Company: Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group; Position: Founder, CEO; Industry: Media, Fashion; Country: United States

  • Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

    Jay Z

    Born: December 4, 1969, Brooklyn, NY; Net worth (2016): $610 M Company: Roc Nation; Position: Founder; Industry: Media, Entertainment, Publishing, Fashion; Country: United States;

  • Shonda Rhimes

    Shonda Rhimes

    Born: January 13, 1970. Chicago, Illinois, U.S., Position: Founder, producer, screenwriter, Company: ShondaLand, Industry: Film & Television, Country: United States

  • Tyler Perry

    Tyler Perry

    Born: September 13, 1969, Harvey, Louisiana; Company: The Tyler Perry Company Inc. (Tyler Perry Studios); Position: President; Industry: Media; Country: United States

  • Tyra Banks

    Born: December 4, 1973 Company: Bankable Enterprises Position: President & Chief Creative Officer Industry: Film and Television Production