Reginald F. Lewis – America’s First Black Billion Dollar Businessman [VIDEO]

1 Posted by - May 22, 2023 - CIVIL RIGHTS, Video



Reginald F. Lewis (December 7, 1942 – January 19, 1993) was an American businessman. He was the richest African-American man in the 1980s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. He won a football scholarship to Virginia State College, graduating with a degree in economics in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968 and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

In 1992, Forbes listed Lewis among the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth estimated at $400 million. He also was the first African-American to build a billion dollar company, Beatrice Foods.


produced by
Bayer Mack
Frances Presley Rice

written by
Frances Presley Rice

narrated by
William Bell

music by
Nick Jones

edited by
Bayer Mack

executive producers
Hal Croasmun
Sandi Craig
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  • LaRita Shelby March 17, 2016 - 2:04 am

    Thank you for shedding light on this little known hero of our time- !! Love his book Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun, it was a game changing book for me.

  • Art Trombley March 17, 2016 - 2:04 am

    Reginald F. Lewis has been deceased since 1993, He died of brain Camcer. R.I.P.

  • Lin Hart March 17, 2016 - 2:04 am

    Great presentation. Concise and delivers the key elements of his legacy. This will certainly help to introduce Reg to a new generation of folks who have little awareness of his achievements. I've added a link and shared it on my Facebook page.

  • sunlion55 March 17, 2016 - 2:04 am

    Thanks for the record keeping Rice and Mack

  • heyitsablackguy March 17, 2016 - 2:04 am

    It's amazing how alot of people don't know this guy.

  • Dee September 8, 2017 - 9:59 am

    His name is on a museum in Baltimore, how can you not know him if you live there.