When big business America comes to mind, we think of every old moneymaking white face from Donald Trump to Bill Gates. After all, older white men dominating and creating businesses has been the norm in this country for eons. Luckily, though slowly, the business world has started to change, drawing women and minorities into the fold. The Fortune 500s are beginning to mention more Latinos, Asians and blacks as its CEOs, executives, and head advisors. Latinos, Asians and blacks are also making strides when it comes to creating and broadcasting businesses. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs alone have showcased the benefit of enterprising. With that in mind, it’s time that we give nods to some African-American CEOs and entrepreneurs who’ve been making strides in big businesses while we’ve been none-the-wiser.
KENNETH I. CHENAULT, AMERICAN EXPRESS
Since 2001, Chenault has been the CEO of American Express, constantly promoting its success, which is evident when he hosted the unprecedented revenue of $33.80 billion dollars in 2012. Chenault was born in New York and graduated from Harvard Law School. His yearly compensation at American Express is well into the multimillion dollar range.