#5:. Oprah Winfrey, $2.9 billion – U.S., TV
Oprah, once the queen of daytime TV, is the richest African-American in the world. Her once-struggling cable channel,OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) is now cash-flow positive.
Ratings are soaring following a series of successful sitcom and dram collaborations with director Tyler Perry.
After filming a Christmas program in South Africa, she established the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg. Her generosity included celebrating the start of her 20th season on national TV by giving everyone in the studio audience a new Pontiac automobile, according to Achievement.org