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We all know the depressing statistic that women make 79 cents for every man’s dollar. But the numbers are even more extreme for black women—just 63 cents on the dollar. Perhaps that’s why we need days like today: a separate equal pay day for black women. It’s actually that bad.


But what if black women did make as much as men? Would the richest black women in the country start leapfrogging over their white-dude counterparts with abandon? Below, we did the math so you don’t have to.

But before we begin, an obvious caveat: There are just not all that many super-rich black American women out there. When I typed “richest black women in America” into Google, no Forbes lists appeared with this information. Actually, there are no lists on any reliable site with this information at all. Perhaps this is because even the wealthiest black women don’t clear enough cash to rank on these lists in the first place. Coming in at 29th on Business Insider’s 29 richest [white] Americans is a random white guy named James Simons who started a quantitative-trading firm and is worth a cool $14.3 billion. That's $11.2 billion more than Oprah cottdamn Winfrey, who appears to be the only black female billionaire in America.


So, since I have no idea who the richest black women in America really are, here is a highly unscientific* list of 10 very, very rich black women who, if they were paid the same amount as men, would be killing it even more than they already are.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02:  Oprah Winfrey (C) speaks at a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
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Oprah Winfrey, as herself: worth $3.1 billion

Oprah Winfrey, if she were a dude: $4.92 billion

This means that, in a just world, Oprah would be worth more than Sam Zell, a real estate and private equity bro whom most of us have surely never heard of and is worth $4.9 billion.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12:  WNBA's Washington Mystics managing partner Sheila Johnson speaks on stage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 26th Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
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BET co-creator Sheila Johnson, as herself: worth $710 million

Sheila Johnson, if she were a man-bro: $1.1 billion

Johnson, who is also CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, would surpass Hollywood super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is worth $900 million.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03:  Mariah Carey speaks onstage at the 'Mariah's World' panel discussion during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Mariah Carey, as herself: worth $535 million (estimated)

Mariah Carey, if she were a monsieur: $849.2 million

In our equal-pay fantasyland, she’d top Ireland’s king of rock, Bono, who is worth $590 million.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11:  Entrepreneur Janice Bryant Howroyd speaks at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
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ACT-1 Group founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd, as herself: worth $420 million


Janice Bryant Howroyd, if she were a guy: $666.6 million

If Howroyd, who made her millions when she founded an employment agency, earned as much as men, she’d surpass Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former Chief Technology Officer who is worth an estimated $650 million.

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06:  Honoree Cathy Hughes, TV One/Radio One Chairman speaks onstage during  NMAAM's Celebration Of Legends Red Carpet And Luncheon on May 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music)
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NewsOne owner Cathy Hughes, as herself: estimated worth of $300 million

Cathy Hughes, as a man: $476 million.

That means Rush Limbaugh, another media mogul slash soft-spoken cuddle bug, would be worth about the same as Hughes.

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Beyonce, as herself: $265 million

Beyonce, if she were a duder: $420.6 million

That’s more than Mick Jagger, who has been doing this for decades longer than Bey, and is worth a mere $336 million.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 05:  Janet Jackson performing an open air concert at Ericsson Stadium,Saturday night.  (Photo by Wayne Wilson/Getty Images)
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Janet Jackson, as herself: $175 million

Janet Jackson, if she were a man: $277.7 million

In our dream world, she’d be slaying baby boy Justin Bieber, who is worth $200 million.

Serena Williams of the U.S celebrates a point against Christina McHale of the U.S during their women's singles match on day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Serena Williams, as herself: worth $150 million

Serena Williams, with man dollars: $238.1 million

If we lived in a country where black women made the same as men, Williams would have more money than tennis legend Andre Agassi, who is worth $178 million.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02:  Tyra Banks speaks onstage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)
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Tyra Banks, as herself: worth $90 million

Tyra Banks, if she were a dude: $143 million

That’s more than Ashton Kutcher, also a former model, who is worth $140 million.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Actress Halle Berry speaks on stage at the 2016 MAKERS Conference Day 2 at the Terrenea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for AOL)
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Halle Berry: worth $70 Million

Halle Berry, in black-women-get-equal-pay land: $111.1 million

That’s more than everyone’s favorite basic white male actor, Bradley Cooper, who is worth $80 million.


*And yes, we realize net worth is different than salary. But the point still stands.

Collier Meyerson is a reporter at Fusion with a focus on race and politics. She lives in Brooklyn.

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