Posts Tagged "african american business leaders"


Proclivity Media Founder and CEO, Sheldon Gilbert has created an innovative approach for using consumer data to maximize advertising.   He took a market need that was not being met and rocked it!   From Yale to Some Self-Education Mr. Gilbert taught himself how to program and used his skills to develop the core algorithm for the Proclivity platform.   As a student of molecular genetics while an undergraduate of Yale University, Mr....

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“When I see a barrier, I cry and I curse, and then I get a ladder and climb over it.”  ~John H. Johnson This attitude of determination served the founder of Johnson Publishing Company well throughout his life.  Mr. John H. Johnson is a media mogul who spent his life building businesses that continue to give African Americans a powerful and positive voice. Through media, print, and publishing, Mr. Johnson’s goal was to...

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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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The Inspired Life of Arthur George (A.G.) Gaston Sr. One of America’s wealthiest Black men during his time, aid to Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement and leading employer for African Americans in Alabama during the 1960s. These descriptions all apply to African American business giant, Arthur G. (A.G.) Gaston, Sr.  The grandson of a slave, Mr. Gaston was born in 1892 in a log cabin in Demopolis, Alabama. Although he...

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