Black Fortunes: the story of the first six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires
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The astonishing untold history of Americas first black millionairesformer slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twentiesself-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison. While Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Michael Jordan, and Will Smith are among the estimated 35,000 black millionaires in the nation today, these famous celebrities were not the first blacks to reach the storied one percent. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success.
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