The Business Trailblazers and Titans of Black America

The 40 most powerful African Americans in business-and how they shaped our world

25. J. Bruce Llewellyn
The Game Changer
The late Llewellyn was a catalyst for partnerships between black entrepreneurs and major corporations. He partnered with Julius Erving and Bill Cosby to launch Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the first black-owned soft drink bottling franchise. With another group of black investors, he later started Queen City Broadcasting, one of the largest black-owned television networks in the nation.

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Don Barden

24. Bill Mays
The King of Chemicals
A business pioneer, he launched Mays Chemical Co. Inc. in 1980, one of the nation’s largest chemical distributors. Mays’ empire includes media, restaurants, and real estate. The intrepid entrepreneur has also been a leading black angel investor, providing capital to a slew of minority businesses including Chemico Mays L.L.C., a newcomer to the be 100s.

23. Ann Fudge
The Barrier Breaker
Fudge rose to become president of the Maxwell House division of Kraft General Foods in 1994, making her the highest-ranking black woman in corporate America and one of the most powerful in the food industry. In 2003, she made history again when she was named Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands and Y&R Advertising, the first African American to head a major ad agency.

22. Byron Lewis
The Image Maker
To attract advertisers to his UniWorld Group Inc., Lewis created innovative programs such as black radio soap operas and the nationally syndicated television program America’s Black Forum. UniWorld was one of the first agencies to focus on micro-segments, targeting the Latino and Caribbean communities.

21. Don Barden
The Visionary
Barden entered uncharted territory for black entrepreneurs by developing the largest black cable television operator and managing the only black-owned gaming conglomerate with properties in Las Vegas. A mentor to generations of black professionals, Barden earned be Company of the Year honors in two industries: In 1992 for Barden Communications Inc. and in 2003 for Barden Cos. Inc.

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39 Responses to The Business Trailblazers and Titans of Black America

  1. Kevin Brown says:

    As a citizen of Gary,IN., I was quite suprised to to see the ranking Don Barden received on your titan list. When you consider the fact that he filed for bankruptcy last year and has become a hostile corporate citizen in the City of Gary(the city that gave him his break in the Gaming industry),I feel his 21st ranking is quite generous.

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  9. Don Sheu says:

    Enjoying this list. Last two links for sections 8 and 9 are not live. Anyway to request a fix? Thank you.

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  28. Gwen Kelly says:

    A powerful reminder: Success Runs in Our Race!

  29. Greg Henry says:

    I would like to commend Mr. Don Barden on his past accomplishments.  But he and the city of Gary Indiana is in a nasty court battle and to compound the problem even more, he has file for bankruptcy.  It is unfortunate that both sides has got to this point.  

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