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  NOTABLE BLACK PEOPLE (non-Canadian)
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(Listed alphabetically by first name)
Abdulsamad Rabiu
Founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in sugar refining, cement production, real estate and more.

Alia Atkinson
World-class Jamaican breaststroke swimmer. Ties 110m breaststroke record.
Aliko Dangote
Nigerian businessman, owner of The Dangote Group
Richest Black person 2019 (BILLIONAIRE)
Dr. Aprille Ericsson Jackson
(b. 1963)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N. Y., M.I.T graduate Aprille Ericsson was the first female (and the first African-American female) to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Barack Obama
44th. President of the United States of America
Berry Gordy Jr.
Founder of Motown
Dr. Ben Carson
Retired Brain surgeon, US Republican Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Benjamin Banneker
(1731 - 1806)
Born into a family of free blacks in Maryland, Banneker learned the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic from his grandmother and a Quaker schoolmaster. Later he taught himself advanced mathematics and astronomy. He is best known for publishing an almanac based on his astronomical calculations.
Bill Cosby
Actor, comedian, television producer, and activist.
Sir Bill Morris
Baron Morris of Handsworth. Retired general secretary of Britain's Transport and General Workers' Union and the first black leader of a British trade union.
Carl Lewis
American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals,
Carter G. Woodson
(1875 - 1950)
American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He has been called the "father of black history".
Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, USA
Clive Campbell
"Kool Herc", the pioneer of Hip-Hop
Colin Powell
Retired General and retired United States of America's Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
Former United States of America's Secretary of State
Debi Thomas
1986 Black figure skating world champion and  Olympic medal winner. Orthopedic Surgeon.
Debra Lee
Chairman and CEO, BET Television. Harvard educated Lawyer
Dr. Dre
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.  As of 2018, he is the third richest figure in hip hop, with a net worth of $770 million
Desmond Tutu
South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996,
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Eddie Murphy
Actor, director, producer, comedian and singer. Academy Award winner. One of the three highest grossing actors.
Elijah McCoy
(1844 - 1929)
US Inventor. The son of escaped slaves from Kentucky, McCoy was born in Canada and educated in Scotland. Settling in Detroit, Michigan, he invented a lubricator for steam engines
Ellen Johnson Sirlief
24th. President of Liberia (Africa's first female president) and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Femi Otedola
Controlling shareholder of Forte Oil,  one of West Africa’s largest downstream oil companies.
Floyd Mayweather
Undefeated US boxer. WBC welterweight champion (retired).
Highest paid athlete in the world for the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($915 million).
Folorunsho Alakija
Nigerian founder of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian company that owns a substantial participating interest in OML 127, a lucrative oil block on the Agbami deep water oilfield in Nigeria.
12th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Frederick Douglass
(1818 - 1895)
Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey into slavery, he was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesma
George Washington Carver
(1865? - 1943)
Born into slavery in Missouri, Carver later earned degrees from Iowa Agricultural College. The director of agricultural research at the Tuskegee Institute from 1896 until his death, Carver developed hundreds of applications for farm products important to the economy of the South, including the peanut, sweet potato, soybean, and pecan
Dr. Gladys West
American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning the Global Positioning System. West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018.
Halle Berry
American actress and former fashion model. The only Black woman to win an Oscar for a leading role. One of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
Harriet Tubman
(1822 - 1913)
Born Araminta Ross into slavery, she was an American abolitionist and political activist. She escaped and used the "Underground Railroad" to guide many slaves to freedom.
Hank Aaron
Major League Baseball record holder, most home runs in a career
Harry Belafonte American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican musicians in history
Isabel dos Santos
The richest woman in Africa,
7th. richest Black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)
Jay-Z
American rapper and entrepreneur. The richest person in the Hip-Hop entertainment business with $900+ million

Jerome Adams
Dr. Jerome Michael Adams is the 20th. Surgeon General of the USA
Jerry Rice
The greatest wide receiver in NFL history and among the greatest NFL players overall. Retired.
Ken Chenault
Former Chairman & CEO  
American Express until 2018.
LeBron James
NBA's 4-time MVP.
4th. highest paid athlete in  in the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($680 million)
Lewis Carl Hamilton, MBE
Formula 1 Mercedes racing driver.  6-time Formula One World Champion. 10th. highest paid athlete for the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($400 million)
Louis Farrakhan
Head of the Nation of Islam
Dr. Mae Jemison
First Black female astronaut in space
Magic Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, ex-basketball star & CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprise
Mary Ann Veronica Chambers
Former Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament and cabinet minister with the Liberal Party of Canada.
Michael Jordan
Three times retired basketball star and entrepreneur. One of the most marketed sports figures in history with Nike "Air Jordan" sneakers.
9th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
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Michelle Obama, ex- US First Lady
Forbes' 2011 8th. most powerful woman, reportedly more popular in the USA than her husband President Barack Obama at the time.
Mike Adenuga
Nigerian owner of telecom's carrier Globacom.
2nd. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Misty Copeland
Currently the world's best Black ballet dancer and prodigy who started ballet at 13

Muhammad Ali
(1942 - 2016)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., he was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Sheikh Mohammed Aboud Al Amoudi
Saudi Arabian / Ethiopian business magnate,
2nd.  richest Black person 2017
(NOT ON 2019 LIST)
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim
British mobile communications entrepreneur.
13th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)

Neil Degrasse Tyson American Astrophysicist and science communicator.
Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
Oprah Winfrey
Entertainment Executive, 5th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Dr. Patrice Harris
First Black Woman to be elected President of The American Medical Association (AMA), effective June 2019
Patrice Motsepe
South Africa's first Black Billionaire.
8th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Dr. Patricia Bath
First Black woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention (laser eye surgery & cataract lens removal
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P. Diddy
Sean John Combs, the second-richest hip hop recording artist after Jay-Z, with $825 million.
Pelé
Brazilian Soccer player (retired).
One of he greatest soccer player of all time.
Quincy Jones
American music impresario, conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer and trumpeter.
Richard Parsons
Former Chairman of Citigroup, former Chairman & CEO of Time Warne
Robert Johnson
Co-Founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television).
First Black American billionaire.
Robert F. Smith
American investor. CEO of Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm with over $14 billion in assets.
3rd. richest black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)
Rosa Parks
(1913 - 2005)
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a US activist who was arrested when she refused to give her Montgomery bus seat to a white woman.This led to riots, boycotts and desegregation.
Rosalind Brewer
First African-American female Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Starbucks from Oct. 2, 2017
Russell Simmons
Owner of Def Jam and Phat Farm. One of the richest Hip-Hop executives
Sarah Breedlove,
Madam C.J. Walker
(1867 - 1919)
USA's first female self-made millionaire of all races.Created, manufactured and distributed hair and beauty products for Black women.
Serena Williams
One of the greatest women's Tennis Players
Sir Sidney Poitier
Academy Award-winning Bahamian actor, film director, and activist Ambassador of The Bahamas to Japan (1997-2007).
Shani Davis
Speedskater, First Black athlete to win a gold medal at the winter Olympics
Shirley Chisholm
(1924 - 2005)
Shirley Anita Chisholm (née St. Hill) was an American politician, educator, and author, the.e first black woman elected to the United States Congress
Shonda Rhimes
American screenwriter of TV series Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and more.
Simone Biles
American Artistic Gymnast.
Winner of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Five-time World all-around champion (2013–2015, 2018–19)
Strive Masiyiwa
London-based Zimbabwean businessman, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of Econet Wireless (telecommunications)
3rd. richest black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)

Bishop T.D. Jakes
American Televangelist, chief pastor of The Potter's House, a non-denominational megachurch in Dallas, Texas
Tiger Woods
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods,
one of the most successful Golfers of all time. 6th. highest paid athlete for the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($615 million)
Tyler Perry
American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director.
2011 highest paid entertainer.
Tyra Banks
American author, actress, and television personality. Former model.
Ursula Burns
Chairman and CEO of VEON, a senior advisor to Teneo, and a non-executive director of Diageo since April 2018. She is also a member of the board of directors of Uber.
Usain Bolt, OJ, CD
Retired Jamaican World Record Holder for the 100 meters (9.58 sec.) and the 200 (19.19 sec.). He is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.
Vernon Johns
(1892 – 1965)
An intellectual American minister at several black churches in the South and a pioneer in the civil rights movement. He is best known as the pastor 1947–52 of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. He was succeeded by Martin Luther King Jr.

Will Smith
Double Academy Award winner. In the top 5 highest grossing actors of all time.
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