Every year Forbes Magazine reveals the names and incomes of the richest people in the world. It’s inspiring to see how individuals turn their passions and seamlessly ordinary ideas into major profit. The top 5 wealthiest black people highlighted below have combined revenues equalling 29.2 billion – enough to wipe out Sierra Leone’s debt.
The West African country has an external debt of $1.125 billion (2012 est.) with a GDP of approximately 1.9 billion USD in 2009. They are suffering from an economic crisis caused by a collapse in iron ore prices, an Ebola epidemic in 2014 and last year’s mudslide in the capital Freetown that killed 500 people.
As they vote for a new president on Wednesday, they will need some help and these five wealthy black people can turn Sierra Leone around.