Guessing game

February 20th, 2013 at 4:47:43 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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This guessing game is based on the richest African Americans (article dated April 20, 2012 in Forbes).
There are 19 names on the list.
  1. Who is the only billionaire on the list?
  2. Included are two different husband/wife couples. Name them
  3. There are three women in the list. The two wives from the previous question and a single woman. Name them.
  4. Three are or got there start as "rappers". Who are they?
  5. One man on the list I would describe as "beloved". Who would that be?
  6. Only 4 of 19 people on the list made fortunes unrelated to sports, or the entertainment business. Four in real estate, and one opened a staffing firm. Name any one of these 4 people. (very hard question)


#1. Oprah Winfrey- Net worth: $2.7 billion As of March 2012 Source of Wealth: Television, self-made
#2. Sean “Diddy” Combs- Net Worth: $550 million As of April 2012 Source of Wealth: Rapper, record producer, actor,fashion designer and businessman
#3. Robert Johnson- Estimated net worth: $550 million As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: BET, investments
#4. Tiger Woods- Net worth: $500 million As of September 2010 Source of Wealth: Golf, endorsements
#4. Michael Jordan- Net worth: $500 million As of September 2010 Source of Wealth: Basketball, Nike, endorsements
#4. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.- Net worth: $500 million As May 2009 Source of Wealth: Restaurants, real estate, investments
#7. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter- Net Worth: $460 million As of April 2012 Source of Wealth: Rapper, songwriter,entrepreneur, co-owner of the New Jersey Nets
#8. William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr.- Net worth: $450 million+ As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: The Cosby Show, entertainment
#9. Sheila Johnson- Net worth: $400 million As May 2009 Source of Wealth: BET, investments
#10. Tyler Perry- Net worth: $350 million As of September 2010 Source of Wealth: Actor, author, screenwriter, film director,...
#10. R. Donahue Peebles- Net worth: $350 million As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: Donahue Peebles Real estate
#12. Berry Gordy, Jr.- Net worth: $325 million As May 2009 Source of Wealth: Motown, Jobete
#13. Quintin Primo III- Net worth: $300 million As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: Real estate
#13. Beyoncé Knowles- Net worth: $300 million As of December 2010 2010 Earnings according to Forbes: $87 million
#15. Don King- Net worth: $280 million As May 2009 Source of Wealth: Boxing promotion
#16. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young - Net Worth: $260 million – As of April 2012 Source of Wealth:Record producer, Rapper, Entrepreneur
Earnings according to Forbes: 2011: $14 million, 2010: $17 million
#17. Janice Bryant Howroyd & family- Net worth: $250 million As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: Staffing, investments
#18. Herman J. Russell Net worth: $200 million As of May 2009 Source of Wealth: Construction, real estate
#18. Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. Net worth: $200 million As May 2009 Source of Wealth: Construction, real estate. Played Professional Basketball for 12 years, mostly for Milwaukee Bucks

Beyonce, at age 31 is the youngest person on the list.
Robert Johnson is age 66, Bill Cosby is age 75, Don King is age 81, and Berry Gordy is age 83.

The four multi millionaires who did not make their money in entertainment or sports are
#10. R. Donahue Peebles (age-53)
#13. Quintin Primo III (age 60)
#17. Janice Bryant Howroyd (age 60)
#18. Herman J. Russell (age 82)

February 21st, 2013 at 12:50:42 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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Quote: Pacomartin
(very hard question)


I looked right away since for me these are all very hard. Outside of 2 of the ladies everyone might get, I had no chance. Even missed "beloved" [you should fix the numbering btw]
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February 21st, 2013 at 10:32:30 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: odiousgambit
I looked right away since for me these are all very hard. Outside of 2 of the ladies everyone might get, I had no chance. Even missed "beloved" [you should fix the numbering btw]


The numbering was used by Forbes. It is how they resolve ties.

It might be too difficult of a quiz. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between people who are highly paid, and people with high net worth. MC Hammer is one of the most famous musicians for going $13 million in debt and declaring bankruptcy at the age of 36, after being paid millions.

There are a number of people that are paid in excess of $40 million for several years running, that do not have net worth over $200 million.

Oprah Winfrey $165.0 M
Michael Bay $160.0 M
Steven Spielberg $130.0 M
Jerry Bruckheimer $115.0 M
Dr. Dre $110.0 M
Tyler Perry $105.0 M
Howard Stern $95.0 m
James Patterson $94.0 M
George Lucas $90.0 M
Simon Cowell $90.0 M
Elton John $80.0 M
Glenn Beck $80.0 M
Tom Cruise $75.0 M
Dick Wolf $70.0 M
Rush Limbaugh $69.0 M
Manny Pacquiao $67.0 M
Donald Trump $63.0 M
Bon Jovi $60.0 M
Ryan Seacrest $59.0 M
Britney Spears $58.0 M
Tiger Woods $58.0 M
Paul McCartney $57.0 M
Taylor Swift $57.0 M
Toby Keith $55.0 M
Justin Bieber $55.0 M
Mark Burnett $55.0 M
Ellen DeGeneres $53.0 M
LeBron James $53.0 M
Rihanna $53.0 M
Roger Federer $52.0 M
Jennifer Lopez $52.0 M
Lady Gaga $52.0 M
Kobe Bryant $50.0 M
Phil Mickelson $48.0 M
David Beckham $46.0 M
Gisele Bundchen $45.0 M
David Letterman $45.0 M
Sean "Diddy" Combs $45.0 M
Katy Perry $45.0 M
Kenny Chesney $44.0 M
Peyton Manning $42.0 M
Cristiano Ronaldo $42.0 M
Jerry Seinfeld $40.0 M
Floyd Mayweather $40.0 M
Beyonce Knowles $40.0 M
February 21st, 2013 at 10:35:35 AM permalink
Ayecarumba
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My weak guesses:


1. Oprah
2a. Berry Gordy / Mrs. Berry Gordy
2b. Will Smith / Jada Pinkett-Smith
3a. Oprah
4. Will Smith / Dr. Dre / ??
5. ??
6. ??

February 21st, 2013 at 10:44:44 AM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Is it accurate to list the husband/wife numbers separately? Shouldn't they be combined in a single listing?
February 21st, 2013 at 5:00:43 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Ayecarumba
Is it accurate to list the husband/wife numbers separately? Shouldn't they be combined in a single listing?


I think different rich lists treat couples differently. Sheila Johnson and Robert Johnson have been divorced for 10 years, but she was married to him for the first 22 years that they owned Black Entertainment Television. Prior to the divorce he was listed alone as the first African American billionaire (prior to Oprah becoming a billionaire).

Beyonce and Jay-Z have separate but related income streams. Steve and Elaine Wynn were married since high school, divorced, remarried and divorced a second time. But she was only listed separately as a billionaire after the second divorce.

Prior to Bill Gates being listed as the wealthiest man in America, the title was held by Sam Walton. The Wal-Mart family fortune is still the greatest fortune in America, almost twice the Bill and Melinda Gates fortune, but the WalMart fortune is now split among 6 people.

Bill Gates $66 Billion

Christy Walton & family $27.9 B
Jim Walton $26.8 B
Alice Walton $26.3 B
S. Robson Walton $26.1 B
Ann Walton Kroenke $4.5 B
Nancy Walton Laurie $3.9 B
February 18th, 2014 at 11:04:44 PM permalink
beachbumbabs
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I was sure Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith would be on that list as one of the couples.

I also don't know how Gail King missed being on that list, because she and Oprah have been tight for, like, 30 years. How did she not ride along on the gravy train?

I'm also surprised Denzel Washington isn't on the list.
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