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Kanye West continues to say he’s the richest Black man that’s ever lived. “I am the richest Black man in history,” West says in his recent interview with Drink Champs.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, he’s the 9th richest person with a net worth of $1.8 Billion. As far as music artist turned serial entrepreneur, he’s ahead of Rhianna, who landed 10th with a net worth of $1.7 Billion, and Jay-Z, who placed 14th with a net worth of $1.4 Billion.
And as if a Black woman couldn’t be richer than a Black man, Oprah is still wealthier than Kanye West by nearly an additional billion. Oprah’s net worth is valued at around $2.7 Billion.
Kanye West is the Richest Black Person in the US
As bad as he wants to be the best at everything, including being “the richest Black man that ever lived,” West isn’t even the richest Black person in America. That title currently belongs to Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, who announced in a commencement address to eliminate student debt for the entire Morehouse College Class of 2019. Smith’s net is valued at $6 Billion.
The title’ wealthiest Black person on the planet belongs to Aliko Dangote, whose net worth is currently at $11.5 Billion.
As far as the wealthiest that ever lived, Mansa Musa may very well be that person. And he was Black.
Challenging Ye’s Claims
Kanye West’s statements, including his assertion of being the world’s richest Black man, have raised questions about his credibility and judgment. This interview on Drink Champs is just one instance of his erratic behavior and controversial claims.
While Kanye West’s financial success is undeniably impressive, his claims of being the wealthiest Black individual in history do not align with the available data. The wealth rankings among Black individuals reveal a diverse and accomplished group, with each person making significant contributions to their respective industries and communities.