Posts Tagged "african american business giants"


Mr. Michael Lee-Chin is a billionaire business mogul, investor and philanthropist.   He is the founder and Chairman of Portland Holding, Inc., a privately-held investment company that owns a number of businesses in industries that are as diverse as media, health-care, tourism and financial services.   He is also the Executive Chairman of the Canadian mutual fund, AIC Limited, and the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.  10 Facts...

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In this month of February, John Thompson replaced Bill Gates as chairman of Microsoft’s Board of Directors, becoming only the second chairman in Microsoft’s history. Keep reading to learn more about this seasoned Silicon Valley executive.   What a way to celebrate Black History Month! 9 Facts You Should Know About Microsoft’s New Chairman, Mr. John Thompson Mr. Thompson was born in 1950 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, but grew up in South...

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UpwardAction Salutes Cathy Hughes

UpwardAction Salutes Cathy Hughes


Posted By on Feb 11, 2014

Media Mogul, Cathy Hughes was born in 1947 to Helen Jones, a trombonist and her father Alfred Woods. She grew up with her family in the Logan Fontenelle Housing projects in Omaha, Nebraska – where her father worked while studying for an accounting degree at Creighton University. He proudly became the first African-American to earn that degree at the university, setting an example for his family and the stage for his...

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Roy Donahue “Don” Peebles is a real-estate entrepreneur, author and political activist. He was born on March 2, 1960 to a teen-aged, working class mother as her only son. Mr. Peebles was a smart and savvy teen who worked and networked his way to becoming one of the country's wealthiest African Americans.   In a March 2005 interview with Inc. Magazine, Mr. Peebles said this of his childhood … My mother was a secretary, but she...

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Travers J. Bell, Jr. was born in 1946 and grew up in the Ida B. Wells public housing project on the south side of Chicago. He set a goal of owning an investment bank and he made it happen. Mr. Bell began his career as a messenger in the Chicago office of the investment bank Dempsey Tegler & Co., primarily because his father had worked at the bank in operations for 15 years. Due to the mentorship of the investment bank's owner Dempsey...

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