Janice Bryant Howroyd
Janice Bryant Howroyd founded her employment staffing firm, ACT-1, in 1978 with just $1,500, a small office and a telephone. Thirty-four years later, ACT-1 is the largest American company of its kind owned by a woman of color, with more than 70 branches nationwide.
Oprah Winfrey, best known for her work as a daytime talk show host, is making waves as the creator of the Oprah Winfrey Network. She’s the second African-American woman to start her own network (after Cathy Hughes). She also founded Harpo Productions in the late 1980s. Today, Forbes puts her worth at over $2.7 billion.