The Africans Americans in the United States have really carved a niche for themselves in the corporate world.There are over 75 black men and women in the list of the highest-ranking executives, of which 8 are Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). Only eight black executives have ever made it to the Chairman or CEO position of a “Fortune 500” listed company.The “Fortune 500” is a list of the 500 largest companies in the United States.
Kenneth Chenault has been the CEO of AMEX(American Express) since 2001.
2.Ronald A. Williams
Aetna, a major health insurance firm, is run by Ronald A. Williams.
Ursula Burns is the first female African-American CEO of an S&P 100.She serve as chairwoman and CEO of Xerox. She is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. In 2009, Forbes ranked her the 14th most powerful woman in the world.
4.Clarence Otis, Jr.
Otis, Jr. runs Darden Restaurants, an org. with 18,000+ franchises.
5.Ephren W. Taylor II
Taylor,29 year old is not only the youngest African American CEO but also the youngest American CEO ever. He was named as the CEO of City Capital Corporation in 2006. He has a lot of experience as he started his own business at a very young age. He is described as ‘walking history’. He is truly multi-talented; he is not only the CEO but also a philanthropist, author, inspirational speaker and a national T.V host.