There are currently three confirmed African-American Billionaires: Robert Johnson of BET, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Lee-Chin of Canada. Reginald Lewis, has been reported to be the first with his 1987 purchase of TLC Beatrice but his purchase was the first instance of Black ownership of a billion-dollar enterprise and may not have taken his personal net worth over the billion mark though he was worth several hundred million. Mr. Lewis died in 1993 due to brain cancer. Read about each of these notable wealth builders and their thoughts on business and entrepreneurship. Bob Johnson Talks Entrepreneurship, The Business of Being Oprah, Michael Lee-Chin–Get Rich Slow .