Ten most influential blacks


1. Oprah Winfrey: Winfrey was born into poverty. By age 32, she was a millionaire. According to Forbes Magazine,
Winfrey is the first black billionaire and remains the richest
woman on earth.
(Tennessee State)

2. Toni Morrison: Morrison is the first black person to win a
Nobel Peace prize for literature.

3.Ruth Simmons: President of Brown University. She is the first black person to lead an Ivy-League college.

4. Anika Noni Rose: Disney’s first black princess. (Florida A&M)

5. Regina Benjamin: She is the current U.S. Surgeon General and former FAMU trustee. (Xaxier)


6.Willie Gary: Known as the “Giant Killer” for winning 150 multi-million dollar
lawsuits against several corporations. (Shaw & North Carolina Central)

7. Earl Graves: The publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine.
(Morgan State)

8. Sean Combs: A music and fashion icon. One of the richest men in music.

9. Rod Paige: Seventh U.S. Secretary of
(Jackson State)

10. Joe Ballard: The first African-American chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.