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Oprah No Longer Richest Black Woman In The World

We didn't think it was possible, but Oprah Winfrey has been dethroned as the richest black woman in the world. The new leading lady is oil baroness Folorunsho Alakija from Nigeria.

While drilling oil has reportedly made the 61-year-old owner of FAMFA Oil Limited a very rich woman -- she is estimated to be worth at least $3.2 billion -- Alakija started her ascent to financial supremacy in fashion.

Born into a wealthy family, Alakija studied fashion design in England back in the '80s and soon after founded the Nigerian clothing label Supreme Stitches. Her one-of-a-kind creations were worn by the who's who of African society, quickly making her the premier fashion designer in the West African country. In fact, she has been called one of the "pioneers of Nigerian fashion" and stays connected to the industry through the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FDAN).

The well-heeled businesswoman and philanthropist made the switch to oil in 1993 and the rest is history. From the images we were able to dig up of Alakija, she is quite the fashion plate (read: eccentric dresser). But when you've out-earned the Queen of All Media by approximately $500 million, you're allowed to wear whatever you want.

Ventures Africa reports that Alakija owns at least $100 million in real estate and a $46 million private jet. And can you imagine what her closets look like? Move over, Imelda Marcos!

Check out Alakija looking very lovely (and rich) on the November 2012 cover of Geneieve magazine in a dress by Iconic Invanity.

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

[quote]she has been called one of the "pioneers of Nigerian fashion"

I'm honestly intrigued to know what this entails.

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

Oh, how nice for her. The entire planet will be wearing Lagos Leggings thanks to this paragon of culture and taste.

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

There needs to be some sort of reality show with Oprah and Alikija.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

Does Folorunsho Alakija use Gucci flatware? Will Miss Oprah be nasty to her?

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

So sad to see that she appears to bleach her skin.

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012

She made the "switch" to oil? How the fuck does that happen?

Sounds like she's related to upper-class Nigerians who are raping their country of precious metals and resources.

Sorry, she didn't "make" that money. I don't buy it at all.

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

HA HA bitch got schooled.

by Anonymousreply 1012/05/2012

If only Oprah hadn't invested in the Broadway musical "The Color Purple", she might have had more money.

by Anonymousreply 1112/05/2012

She'll never be president.

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2012

What up with this shit?! Get me Nigeria on the phone. Look like I need to be makin' friends pronto with the lady, Ms. Folorunsho Alakija.

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2012
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