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The Business Trailblazers and Titans of Black America

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

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I’m Proud to Be Part of the Legacy of Reginald F. Lewis

25 years ago, the deal maker extraordinaire became a legend. One simple question gave Black Enterprise the inside track on his story: "What's next?"

When Reginald F. Lewis’ $985 million acquisition of Beatrice International was announced, the story would…

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No. 1: John H. Johnson, The Legend

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No. 2: Robert L. Johnson, The Power Player

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No. 3: Reginald F. Lewis, The Global Dealmaker

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No. 4: Kenneth Chenault, The Consummate leader

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No. 5: Earl G. Graves Sr., The Champion Of Black Business

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No. 6: Oprah Winfrey, The Media Powerhouse

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No. 7: Richard Parsons, The Chief Strategist

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No. 8: Michael Lee-Chin, The Billionaire Investor

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No. 9: Russell Simmons, The Man Who Took Hip-Hop Mainstream

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No. 10: Percy Sutton, The Godfather Of Black Radio

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No. 11: Herman Russell, The Master Builder

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No. 12: Thomas Burrell, The Dean Of Black Advertising

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No. 13: Ed Lewis/Clarence Smith/Susan Taylor, The Voice Of Black Women

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No. 14: Ursula Burns, The Corporate Innovator

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No. 15: Arthur G. Gaston Sr., The Trailblazer

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No. 16: Berry Gordy, The Music Mogul

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No. 17: George Johnson, The King Of Black Haircare

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No. 18: John Rogers, The Investment Icon

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No. 19: Dave Bing, The Man Of Steel

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No. 20: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, The Business All-Star

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No. 21: Don Barden, The Visionary

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No. 22: Byron Lewis, The Image Maker

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No. 23: Ann Fudge, The Barrier Breaker

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No. 24: Bill Mays, The King Of Chemicals

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No. 25: J. Bruce Llewellyn, The Game Changer

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The cover of the collector's edition August 2010 40th Anniversary Issue of Black Enterprise features an editors' choice of the 40 covers that best tell the story of Black Enterprise as the undisputed chronicler of black American business achievement and economic progress. Here are the stories behind the covers, year by year. In the August 1970 premiere issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE, the mission statement read: “Lacking capital, managerial and technical knowledge and crippled by prejudice, the minority businessman has been effectively kept out of the profitable corner of the American marketplace. We want to help change this.” Over the past 40 years, BLACK ENTERPRISE has sought to do just that. The cover subject, Fayette, Mississippi Mayor Charles Evers was an example of the ingenuity and determination needed to run black-owned businesses such as the Medgar Evers Shopping Center, named in honor of his late brother, a prominent civil rights leader slain by an assassin in 1963.

B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

The stories behind the covers featured on the collector's edition August 2010 issue of Black Enterprise

The cover of the collector’s edition August 2010 40th Anniversary Issue of Black Enterprise features…

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No. 26: Edward Gardner, The Global Haircare Giant

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No. 27: JoAnn Price, The Black Business Financier

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No. 28: Al Johnson, The Auto Dealer Advocate

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No. 29: Tyler Perry, The Hollywood Hitmaker

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No. 30: Henry Parks, The Pioneer

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In 1910, Sarah “Madame C. J.” Walker is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first African American female self-made millionaire through the creation of a range of haircare products targeted to the African American community. Once asked about her secret of her success, Walker responded: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success…If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (Image: Madam C.J. Walker)

PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

A century of black entrepreneurship in the haircare industry

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No. 31: Don Coleman, The Multicultural Marketing Maestro

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No. 32: R. Donahue Peebles, The Real Estate Groundbreaker

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Black Enterprise’s Extraordinary Journey

The modest monthly magazine I founded 40 years ago has become the uplifting force driving the ascent of African American entrepreneurs

Black enterprise was just a modest monthly magazine when I founded it 40 years ago—just…

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No. 33: Maynard Jackson, The Great Equalizer

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No. 34: Cathy Hughes, The Broadcasting Architect

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No. 35: Travers Bell, The Father of Black Investment Banking

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No. 36: Janice Bryant Howroyd, The Job Czar

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No. 37: Comer Cottrell, The Trendsetter

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How to Remake Your Company Like Johnson Products

The maker of Ultra Sheen is once again minority-owned with a bold strategy to conquer ethnic haircare

Husband and wife team Eric Brown and Renee Cottrell-Brown seek to make history and profits…

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No. 38: Ernesta Procope, The First Lady of Wall Street

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No. 39: Jesse Hill Jr., The Insurance Impresario

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No. 40: Eddie Brown, The Master of Mutual Funds

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Maggie Lena Walker: The Making Of A Black Bank

America's first woman president of a financial institution founded one of the nation's oldest surviving black-owned banks

Walker became the country’s first woman president of a financial institution and founded one of…

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Madame C. J. Walker: Breaking New Ground

This daughter of slaves built a haircare empire and created a model for financial empowerment

Every day, millions of African Americans engage in the ritual of grooming. It may seem…

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Once Upon A Time On Wall Street

The struggle to establish an African American presence is a saga of ambition against overwhelming odds

After my grandfather’s death, I was sitting in his apartment at a celebration of…

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Milestones Of The B.E. 100s

A look at a quarter-century of major events which shaped the growth of the nation's largest black-owned businesses

Whether they’ve used conservative or risky strategies, BLACK ENTERPRISE is proud to have chronicled the…

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Marathon Men

These CEOs have led their companies to perennial status on the B.E. 100s list. Here are their predictions for the next quarter century.

Many businesses have made the BE 100s over the 25-year history of the list. Several…

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